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Sayat Nova (original title)
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A super-stylized, surreal biography of Armenian troubadour Sayat Nova, whose life is depicted through non-narrative amalgamations of poetic images.

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Poet as a Youth / Poet's Love / Poet's Muse / Mime / Angel of Resurrection
Melkon Alekyan ...
Poet as a child (as M. Alekyan)
Vilen Galstyan ...
Poet in the cloister
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Poet as an old man (as Giorgi Gegechkori)
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Poet's father
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Poet's mother
Hovhannes Minasyan ...
Prince
Onik Minasyan ...
Prince
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Yuri Amiryan
I. Babayan
Medea Bibileishvili
T. Dvali
Aleksandr Dzhanshiyev ...
Monk
Guranda Gabunia
Zh. Gharibyan
L. Karamyan
G. Margaryan
G. Matsukatov
Yuri Merdenov
Bela Mirianashvili
E. Panakhchyan
B. Tatishvili

Directed by

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Sergei Parajanov

Written by

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Sayat Nova ... (poems)
 
Sergei Parajanov ... (writer)

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Tigran Mansuryan

Cinematography by

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Suren Shakhbazyan

Film Editing by

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Sergei Parajanov
M. Ponomarenko
Sergei Yutkevich

Production Design by

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Stepan Andranikyan

Art Direction by

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Sergei Parajanov

Set Decoration by

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Mikael Arakelyan

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Elene Akhvlediani
I. Karalyan
Zh. Sarabyan

Makeup Department

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V. Asatryan ... makeup artist
P. Aschyan ... makeup artist

Production Management

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A. Melik-Sargsyan ... production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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A. Samvelyan ... first assistant director
Rom. Zhamharyan ... second assistant director

Sound Department

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Yuri Sayadyan ... sound

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H. Hovhannisyan ... visual effects
L. Karamyan ... visual effects

Camera and Electrical Department

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Martyn Shakhbazyan ... camera operator (as Martuni Shahbazyan)

Music Department

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Yuri Arutyunyan ... musical setting
M. Berko ... music editor

Other crew

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Bagrat Oganesyan ... script editor (as Bagrat Hovhannisyan)
Sergei Parajanov ... choreographer
Perj Zeytuntsyan ... script editor
Mikhail Vartanov ... behind-the-scenes documentarian (uncredited)

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Martiros Vartanov ... thanks: Parajanov-Vartanov Institute

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Plot Summary

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 PARAJANOV.com

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Taglines Besides the film language of Griffith & Eisenstein cinema hasn't discovered anything revolutionary new until The Color of Pomegranates - Mikhail Vartanov See more »
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Also Known As
  • Brotseulis kvaviloba (Soviet Union, Georgian title)
  • Nran Guyne (Soviet Union, Armenian title)
  • Tsvet granata (Soviet Union, Russian title)
  • Цвет граната (Soviet Union, Russian title)
  • The Color of Pomegranates (United States)
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  • 79 min
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Did You Know?

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Trivia Sergei Parajanov's 1968 masterpiece "Sayat Nova" was censored, re-cut, renamed (The Color of Pomegranates) and banned; its 1969 behind-the-scenes documentary (Paradjanov: The Color of Armenian Land (1969)) was banned and the footage reappeared 20 years later in Mikhail Vartanov's influential documentary Parajanov: The Last Spring (1992), which demistifies the unique film language of "Sayat Nova." Parajanov's "Sayat Nova" appeared on the Top 10 and Top 100 lists in Cahiers du Cinema, Sight and Sound, Movieline and Time Out. Mikhail Vartanov famously wrote: "Probably, besides the film language suggested by Griffith and Eisenstein, the world cinema has not discovered anything revolutionary new until 'The Color of Pomegranates' not counting the generally unaccepted language of the 'Andalusian Dog' by Bunuel." Michelangelo Antonioni later added that the film "strikes with its perfection of beauty." See more »
Movie Connections Featured in A szovjet film 1953-1970 (1990). 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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