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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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3 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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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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more than beautiful
20 March 2016 | by KirpianuscusSee all my reviews

a Paradjanov. surprising for its force. and as part of a terrible fight against political system. a fairy tale. preserving the light, the pain, the fascination, mystery and force of the source. and the desire to present a testimony about sufferance. that fact transforms The Legend of Suram Fortress in more than beautiful film or embroidery of symbols. because, using motifs who are parts of a folk chain from Balkans to Caucasus, it gives to the sacrifice new connotations. it is not exactly a revenge or expression of sketch of artistic freedom but precise definition of relation who remains basis of power.each theme of Paradjanov's cinema is present in this bitter, delicate gem. like colors of a portrait who redefines the spaces from a drawing.


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Country:

Soviet Union

Language:

Georgian | Russian

Release Date:

3 December 1986 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

The Legend of Suram Fortress See more »

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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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