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The Color of Pomegranates (1969)

Sayat Nova (original title)
Not Rated | | Biography, Drama, History | 27 January 1982 (France)
A super-stylized, surreal biography of Armenian troubadour Sayat Nova, whose life is depicted through non-narrative amalgamations of poetic images.

Director:

Sergei Parajanov

Writers:

Sayat Nova (poems), Sergei Parajanov
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Cast

Credited cast:
Sofiko Chiaureli ... Poet as a Youth / Poet's Love / Poet's Muse / Mime / Angel of Resurrection
Melkon Alekyan Melkon Alekyan ... Poet as a child (as M. Alekyan)
Vilen Galstyan Vilen Galstyan ... Poet in the cloister
Gogi Gegechkori ... Poet as an old man (as Giorgi Gegechkori)
Spartak Bagashvili ... Poet's father
Medea Japaridze ... Poet's mother
Hovhannes Minasyan Hovhannes Minasyan ... Prince
Onik Minasyan Onik Minasyan ... Prince
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Yuri Amiryan Yuri Amiryan
I. Babayan I. Babayan
Medea Bibileishvili Medea Bibileishvili
T. Dvali T. Dvali
Aleksandr Dzhanshiyev Aleksandr Dzhanshiyev ... Monk
Guranda Gabunia Guranda Gabunia
Zh. Gharibyan Zh. Gharibyan
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One of the greatest masterpieces of the 20th century, Sergei Parajanov's "Color of the Pomegranate," a biography of the Armenian troubadour Sayat Nova (King of Song) reveals the poet's life more through his poetry than a conventional narration of important events in Sayat Nova's life. We see the poet grow up, fall in love, enter a monastery and die, but these incidents are depicted in the context of what are images from Sergei Parajanov's imagination and Sayat Nova's poems, poems that are seen and rarely heard. Sofiko Chiaureli plays 6 roles, both male and female, and Sergei Parajanov writes, directs, edits, choreographs, works on costumes, design and decor and virtually every aspect of this revolutionary work. Written by PARAJANOV.com

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Besides the film language of Griffith & Eisenstein cinema hasn't discovered anything revolutionary new until The Color of Pomegranates - Mikhail Vartanov


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Country:

Soviet Union

Language:

Armenian | Azerbaijani | Georgian

Release Date:

27 January 1982 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

The Color of Pomegranates See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (Commercial Cut)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The squeezing of the pomegranates scene, 'bleeds' its juice in the shape of the (historic) outline of the Armenian nation: nevertheless, its current, now generally accepted title was only given by the then Soviet Union authorities who objected to director Paradzhanov's calling it just 'Sayat Nova' (the historic poet it depicts.) See more »

Quotes

Poet in the cloister: My brain is all delusional; oh, may my enemy, too, be like in misery
[as]
Poet in the cloister: I am.
[English subtitles to Armenian voiceover]
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Cinema as poetry: remarkable.
8 December 1999 | by alice liddellSee all my reviews

One of the great films in all cinema, virtually incomprehensible to anyone not familiar with Armenian or Georgian history and culture. Whatever the dubious politics in enjoying a subversive political work as an aesthetic spectacle, there is much to astonish. The nominal story concerns an 18th century Armenian poet/national hero/martyr, but Paradjanov rejects biographical narrative in favour of a montage stream of religious, political, cultural, sexual imagery, composition and allegory unparalelled in the history of the medium, although fans of Von Sternberg will not be bemused.


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