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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
... Osman-Agha / Simon
... Vardo
... 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
Toma Arzhanov ... (as 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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This was main director Sergei Parajanov's first film in 15 years, having spent 4 of those in prison for lewd acts and bribery. See more »

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Another visually ravishing, thematically incomprehensible masterpiece
20 December 1999 | by See all my reviews

Paradjanov's sequel to THE COLOR OF POMEGRANATES. This is more accessible than COLOR, more narrative driven, with a greater use of outside locations. It is still as obscure, with legends, allegories, characters and symbols all weaving into a culturally specific tapestry. It is not as jaw-droppingly gorgeous or formally astonishing as COLOR, and seems much more pessimistic. It is a story of exiles, poverty, serfdom, murder and the supernatural, with stories within stories, and an almost buoyant ending celebrating resistance and culture.


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