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Ambavi Suramis tsikhitsa (The Legend of the Suram Fortress) (1986)

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Directors Sergei Paradzhanov and Dodo Abashidze resurrected an old Soviet Georgian folktale as the basis for their film The Legend of Suram Fortress. The fortress in question is forever under construction, and forever collapsing before the last brick can be laid. The advice of a fortuneteller is sought out; the young fellow sent out to seek this advice happens to be the son of a man who years earlier had jilted the fortuneteller. Out of pique, she tells him that he must be walled up in the

Jan 1, 1998

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[Paradjanov] recreates the past with an exaggerated sense of myth and magic.

July 25, 2006 Full Review Source: AV Club
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The undeniable visual pleasures offered by the imaginative images and rich colours are unfortunately undercut by the stylised presentation.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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It's impossible to watch even a few feet of film by Paradjanov without acknowledging his mastery of the medium and the originality of his vision.

July 7, 2005 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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Although Mr. Paradjanov has a reputation as a prankster, I don't think this is an elaborate joke.

July 7, 2005 Full Review Source: New York Times
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The film is maddeningly elliptical and enigmatic, ponderously slow, and generally incomprehensible.

August 29, 2006 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
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The storyline is bitty but the images are stunning and burn themselves into your brain. Glorious.

July 7, 2005 Full Review Source: Film4
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Audience Reviews for Ambavi Suramis tsikhitsa (The Legend of the Suram Fortress)

A female serf is spurned by her lover, becomes a fortune teller, and tells the czar how he can rebuild the eternally crumbling Suram fortress. Extremely stylized retelling of a Georgian folktale full of visual poetry and mystical interludes; fans of Alejandro Jodorowsky should appreciate it.
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