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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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Sergei Parajanov, Dodo Abashidze (co-director)
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Credited cast:
Veriko Anjaparidze ... Fortune Teller (as Veriko Andjaparidze)
Tamari Tsitsishvili Tamari Tsitsishvili
Dudukhana Tserodze Dudukhana Tserodze ... Osman-Agha's Mother
Dodo Abashidze ... Osman-Agha / Simon
Sofiko Chiaureli ... Vardo
Zura Kipshidze ... Durmish-Khan
Levani ... Zurab (as L. Uchaneishvili)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
M. Abaishvili M. Abaishvili
Leila Alibegashvilli Leila Alibegashvilli ... Young Vardo
G. Ambartsumov G. Ambartsumov
Mzia Arabuli Mzia Arabuli ... (as M. Arabuli)
L. Arzhanov L. Arzhanov
Toma Arzhanov Toma Arzhanov ... (as T. Arzhanov)
Paata Baratashvili Paata Baratashvili ... (as P. Baratashvili)
Gia Burjanadze 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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Country:

Soviet Union

Language:

Georgian

Release Date:

April 1986 (Soviet Union) See more »

Also Known As:

The Legend of Suram Fortress See more »

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Production Co:

Qartuli Pilmi See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Some of the original sound track was destroyed in a fire at the Georgian film archive in Tbilisi. See more »

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Patriotism
24 March 2017 | by canperinceksterSee all my reviews

It's a great film which has scenes like paintings. The music is remarkable. Therefore, both visually and aurally it is a marvelous journey to the Georgian folklore. It also conveys very good messages. The main theme is the suggestion that the patria could only be defended, if some sacrifices their lives for its defense. Blood becomes the cement, in other words. The fortress constitutes a metaphor of the patria, which was vulnerable at that time to the invasions of the two major empires: Ottoman and Safavid. In this context, religion is the main theme of patriotism, which differentiate the majority of the Georgians from the outsiders. There are also so many connections to the folk tales of both Turkish and Iranian culture. One is the character Zurab who rebels against his father because he leaves his patria, thus, his religion. This reminds us the character Zohrab in Shahname of Firdawsi, who fought against his father.

On the other hand, the political context and the director's position in that context is also felt in the choice of making such a movie. The Soviet system was disintegrating and the director is also one of the victims of the Soviet regime long before this movie's production.


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