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Ashug-Karibi (1988)

Wandering minstrel Ashik Kerib falls in love with a rich merchant's daughter, but is spurned by her father and forced to roam the world for a thousand and one nights - but not before he's ... See full summary »

Directors:

Sergei Parajanov, Dodo Abashidze (co-director)

Writers:

Gia Badridze (as Georgy Badridze), Mikhail Lermontov (story "Ashik Kerib the Lovelorn Minstrel")
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Cast overview:
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Sofiko Chiaureli
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Baia Dvalishvili Baia Dvalishvili
David Dovlatian David Dovlatian
Levan Natroshvili Levan Natroshvili
Slava Stepanian Slava Stepanian
Nodar Dugladze Nodar Dugladze
Dodo Abashidze
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Wandering minstrel Ashik Kerib falls in love with a rich merchant's daughter, but is spurned by her father and forced to roam the world for a thousand and one nights - but not before he's got the daughter to promise not to marry till his return. It's told in typical Paradjanov style overlaid with Azerbaijani folk songs. Written by Michael Brooke <michael@everyman.demon.co.uk>

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Country:

Soviet Union

Language:

Azerbaijani | Georgian

Release Date:

May 1989 (Soviet Union) See more »

Also Known As:

The Hoary Legends of the Caucasus See more »

Filming Locations:

Baku, Azerbaijan

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Production Co:

Qartuli Pilmi See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color
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Trivia

Dedicated to Sergei Parajanov's close friend Andrei Tarkovsky who had died two years before the film was released. See more »

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A stunning experiment in living icons
23 August 1999 | by Jonah-7See all my reviews

This is Sergei Paradjanov's last film. He died after it's completion.

Ashik Kerib is based on a the poem by Mikhail Lermontov which he wrote while in exile in the Caucasus. It blends many cultures; Armenian, Georgian, Moslem, and Orthodox iconography.

Paradjanov meant the film for children, there is no dense, intellectual symbolism in it. There is also no dialogue. It was his ideal to create a visual myth. The film is incredibly beautiful, truly an experience.

One thing to note is how he makes two-dimensional icons come to life in the film. If there is a man that "paints" on celluloid, it is Paradjanov.


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