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The Legend of Suram Fortress (1985)

Ambavi Suramis tsikhitsa (original title)
A film version of a well-known Georgian folk-tale. A young boy has to be immured into the walls of a fortress in order to stop it from crumbling to pieces.
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Credited cast:
Veriko Anjaparidze ...
Fortune Teller (as Veriko Andjaparidze)
Tamari Tsitsishvili
Dudukhana Tserodze ...
Osman-Agha's Mother
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Osman-Agha / Simon
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Vardo
Zura Kipshidze ...
Durmish-Khan
...
Zurab (as L. Uchaneishvili)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
M. Abaishvili
Leila Alibegashvilli ...
Young Vardo
G. Ambartsumov
Mzia Arabuli ...
(as M. Arabuli)
L. Arzhanov
T. Arzhanov
Paata Baratashvili ...
(as P. Baratashvili)
Gia Burjanadze ...
(as G. Burdzhanadze)
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A film version of a well-known Georgian folk-tale. A young boy has to be immured into the walls of a fortress in order to stop it from crumbling to pieces. Written by Jonathon Dabell <J.D.@pixie.ntu.ac.uk>

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April 1986 (Soviet Union)  »

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Some of the original sound track was destroyed in a fire at the Georgian film archive in Tbilisi. See more »

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26 November 2003 | by (...) – See all my reviews

Paradjanov made four films for which he is best known: Shadows Of Forgotten Ancestors and Color Of Pomegranates in the sixties; Legend Of Surami Fortress and Ashik Kerib in the eighties. In case you don't already know, between the sixties and the eighties he spent over a decade in a Soviet prison. I find this to be the strongest and most hypnotic one of the bunch, made soon after his release. One should take advantage of any opportunity to see these on the big screen.


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