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The Color of Pomegranates (1969)

Sayat Nova (original title)
Not Rated | | Biography, Drama, History | 27 January 1982 (France)
A surreal biopic of Armenian poet Sayat Nova, depicted through non-narrative amalgamations of images, hailed as revolutionary by Mikhail Vartanov.

Director:

Sergei Parajanov

Writers:

Sayat Nova (poems), Sergei Parajanov
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Cast

Credited cast:
Sofiko Chiaureli ... Poet as a Youth / Poet's Love / Poet's Muse / Mime / Angel of Resurrection
Melkon Alekyan Melkon Alekyan ... Poet as a child (as M. Alekyan)
Vilen Galstyan Vilen Galstyan ... Poet in the cloister
Gogi Gegechkori ... Poet as an old man (as Giorgi Gegechkori)
Spartak Bagashvili ... Poet's father
Medea Japaridze ... Poet's mother
Hovhannes Minasyan Hovhannes Minasyan ... Prince
Onik Minasyan Onik Minasyan ... Prince
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Yuri Amiryan Yuri Amiryan
I. Babayan I. Babayan
Medea Bibileishvili Medea Bibileishvili
T. Dvali T. Dvali
Aleksandr Dzhanshiyev Aleksandr Dzhanshiyev ... Monk
Guranda Gabunia Guranda Gabunia
Zh. Gharibyan Zh. Gharibyan
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One of cinema's greatest masterpieces, Sergei Parajanov's "The Color of Pomegranates," 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 5 roles, both male and female, and Sergei Parajanov writes, directs, edits, choreographs, works on costumes, design and decor and virtually every aspect of this one-of-a-kind work hailed as revolutionary by Mikhail Vartanov. Written by PARAJANOV.com

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Besides the film language of Griffith & Eisenstein cinema hasn't discovered anything revolutionary new until The Color of Pomegranates - Mikhail Vartanov


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Trivia

This film is part of the Criterion Collection, spine #918. See more »

Quotes

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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Fascinating and unusual film
7 April 2007 | by Andy-296See all my reviews

The Color of Pomegranates (made in 1968, and also released under the name Sayat Nova) is not really a conventional movie. It is more like a series of tableaux "inspired" by 18th century Armenian poet Nova. It is nonetheless fascinating, and should be required viewing for anybody interested not only in Armenian culture but in cinema in general (or, if you wish, the visual arts). This movie has inspired many artists, including some music videos (admittedly not among the arts' highest form), including REM's "Losing my Religion" and Deep Forest's "Sweet Lullaby. There is a heavy homo erotic subtext to many of the tableaux, and as a matter of fact, Paradjanov would later spent several years in jail in the Soviet Union accused, among other things, of homosexuality. Though released under international pressure, it would take him another 16 years to make another movie, shortly before his untimely death in 1990.


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Country:

Soviet Union

Language:

Armenian | Azerbaijani | Georgian

Release Date:

27 January 1982 (France) See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (Commercial Cut)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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