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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.

Directors:

Sergei Parajanov, Dodo Abashidze (co-director)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Veriko Anjaparidze ... Fortune Teller (as Veriko Andjaparidze)
Tamari Tsitsishvili Tamari Tsitsishvili
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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Drama

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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 »

Connections

Featured in Parajanov: The Last Spring (1992) See more »

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A Visual Masterpiece
5 July 2020 | by max4movieSee all my reviews

Full review on my blog max4movies: Ambavi Suramis tsikhitsa (international title: The Legend of Suram Fortress) is the fictionalized retelling of an ancient Georgian tale about a fortress that could only be built with a human sacrifice. Visually, the movie looks wonderful with vibrant colors, perfectly arranged set pieces, and a striking choreography. And while the plot remains mostly simple and central aspects and characters even seem obscure, the heavy use of symbols give the movie a dreamlike quality. Certain scenes - although aesthetically pleasing - seem to lack a clear connection to the plot, which is why the overall allegory about political oppression will remain vague for some viewers.


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Country:

Soviet Union

Language:

Georgian | Russian

Release Date:

3 December 1986 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

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Production Co:

Georgian-Film See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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