Ashik Kerib (1989)

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Based on a story by Russian author Mikhail Lermontov, Ashik Kerib has the texture of an ancient, oft-told tale. Yuri Mgoyan stars as a wandering troubadour, working the provinces. He spends 1000 days and nights on the road, entertaining whenever and wherever he can. Mgoyan's itinerant lifestyle seemingly has little purpose, but it does. At the end of those 1000 days and nights, he hopes to have accumulated enough money to afford a wedding...if his bride is willing to wait. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Art House & International, Drama
Directed By: ,
Written By: Gia Badridze, Mikhail Lermontov
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On DVD: Feb 5, 2008
Runtime:
Kino Lorber

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Critic Reviews for Ashik Kerib

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There are coded messages of the tribulations of the artist here, and also a playful, mischievous comedic tone that allays any feeling of self-absorbtion on the director's part. Astonishing.

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
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How Mr. Paradzhanov manages the tricky feat of kidding folk themes yet according them love and respect is his secret. How well he succeeds is here for the rest of us to relish.

Full Review… | August 30, 2004
New York Times
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[Paradjanov] recreates the past with an exaggerated sense of myth and magic.

Full Review… | December 8, 2001
AV Club
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Minor Paradjanov would qualify as something very close to major from most other filmmakers.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
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Music, dance and gorgeous costumes adorn each ravishing kaleidoscopic episode.

Full Review… | May 24, 2003
Film4

August 21, 2005
EmanuelLevy.Com

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