One of the greatest masterpieces of the 20th century, Sergei Parajanov's "Color of the Pomegranate," a biography of the Armenian troubadour Sayat Nova (King of Song) reveals the poet's life more through his poetry than a conventional narration of important events in Sayat Nova's life. We see the poet grow up, fall in love, enter a monastery and die, but these incidents are depicted in the context of what are images from Sergei Parajanov's imagination and Sayat Nova's poems, poems that are seen and rarely heard. Sofiko Chiaureli plays 6 roles, both male and female, and Sergei Parajanov writes, directs, edits, choreographs, works on costumes, design and decor and virtually every aspect of this revolutionary work.Written by
The squeezing of the pomegranates scene, 'bleeds' its juice in the shape of the (historic) outline of the Armenian nation: nevertheless, its current, now generally accepted title was only given by the then Soviet Union authorities who objected to director Paradzhanov's calling it just 'Sayat Nova' (the historic poet it depicts.) See more »
Poet as a Youth:
In this healthy and beautiful life my share has been nothing but suffering. Why has it been given to me?
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"Paradjanov made films not about how things are, but how they would have been had he been God." Alexei Korotyukov
Time has not been kind to this film. Not yet 40 years old but the stock is worn down and the colours faded, with the reds and the blacks standing out. Which lends the images -symbolic, poignant and full of atmosphere- an extra dimension, since it renders the idea of films of the beginning of cinema. As a kind of bridge towards the era of this "hallucinatory epic account of the life of 18th century Armenian national poet Sayat Nova". It remains a powerful and very beautiful film, not like any other. Time has been good to this film... "I don't want to found any school", Paradjanov said. Nevertheless he has set fantastic examples.
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