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Ashug-Karibi (1988)

Wandering minstrel Ashik Kerib falls in love with a rich merchant's daughter, but is spurned by her father and forced to roam the world for a thousand and one nights - but not before he's ... See full summary »


(as Georgy Badridze), (story "Ashik Kerib the Lovelorn Minstrel")

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Wandering minstrel Ashik Kerib falls in love with a rich merchant's daughter, but is spurned by her father and forced to roam the world for a thousand and one nights - but not before he's got the daughter to promise not to marry till his return. It's told in typical Paradjanov style overlaid with Azerbaijani folk songs. Written by Michael Brooke <michael@everyman.demon.co.uk>

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May 1989 (Soviet Union)  »

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Dedicated to Sergei Parajanov's close friend Andrei Tarkovsky who had died two years before the film was released. See more »


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Painfully stupid swat at art
30 May 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

All the film school nerds love to rave about Parajackmeoff's films. Being very interested in film (but not nerdy enough to pay a school to teach me what to like) I decided to give it a try. I thought it would compare with the great East European directors like Kusturica, Tarr and (even though I personally hate him, I admit his movies are challenging) Tarkovsky.

Well, no. This movie is closer to Ed Wood's home movies, before he could afford a real camera. It's pointless, artless, lifeless and just plain boring. "Symbolism" is its main draw, according to most confused reviewers. Haha, beware of any movie which is praised for its symbolism alone. That just means that it doesn't mean squat. My toenail is symbolic, do you want to watch a 2-hour movie about it? Next let's talk about the horribly low, low, low budget. And I don't mean "artistically, challengingly low budget" I'm talking "laughably, ridiculously amateurishly low". At one point the guy wants to show a lion but he obviously couldn't even afford a housecat, so he dressed up 2 goons in a lion suit and took the camera 100 yards away. Creative? No, stupid. And the camera itself I believe was made out of a crackerjack box with 2 holes cut in the sides. For film it seems like he used toilet paper.

The women in this film are offensively ugly. They're always crying, and they look like they don't have an ounce of brains. If this were an American film, the N.O.W. would be picketing--and I would gladly join them.

I can't rate this movie low enough to express my disappointment. If you're stupid enough to rent this movie even after reading the negative reviews, then you deserve to waste 2 hours of your life. At least it'll keep you off the streets.

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