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Color of Pomegranates (Sayat Nova ) (1980)

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Director Sergei Paradjanov made a practice of making highly idiosyncratic films based on the folklore of regions in the former Soviet Union. In 1969 he made this film, based in part on the life of the 18th-century Armenian poet, Sayat Nova ('The King of Song'). Renowned for his writings and his religious lifestyle, Sayat Nova became a martyr when he grew too influential for the authorities to control. Seriously out of favor with Soviet governmental bureaucrats, this film was not seen in the

Mar 8, 2005

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All Critics (9) | Top Critics (3) | Fresh (8) | Rotten (1)

It's a strange, visionary work, highly formal and not easy of access, but compelling in a way that's almost impossible to describe.

May 21, 2014 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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A madly beautiful, often straight-up-bonkers meditation on the life of its eponymous Armenian-Azeri balladeer and poet.

February 21, 2008 Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly
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Paradjanov scares up one startling sequence after another, crafting a bizarre mosaic of Nova's world while limiting himself to the materials of the poet's time.

July 25, 2006 Full Review Source: AV Club
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I found the images occasionally striking, and sometimes bizarre, but I never connected with them in any meaningful way.

May 21, 2014 Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

not just some mad collection of pretty pictures, but a poetic and ethnographic evocation of Armenian religion, culture and society, told through the prism of the nation's most celebrated troubadour and his songs.

September 6, 2011 Full Review Source: Little White Lies
Little White Lies

An extremely honest attempt to convey abstraction in an essentially non-abstract medium.

August 17, 2008 Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy
Antagony & Ecstasy

Well worth seeing, if only as a visual treat.

August 29, 2006 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

It's best appreciated as an arcane work about a great tortured artist by a great tortured artist.

March 28, 2006 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

As much as I can recognize the obvious effort and specific intent that went into the film, I am at a complete loss to comprehend what exactly it's trying to say to me.

August 18, 2002 Full Review Source: MovieMartyr.com | Comment (1)
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Audience Reviews for Color of Pomegranates (Sayat Nova )

It was interesting... that's the least I can say for the beginning! And now I'll explain to you how I felt after watching this movie... My sister once went to the butcher (somewhere on the Balkan) and the guy sold her "white kidneys" - of course my sister never asked why these "kidneys" were called "white" thinking that maybe the difference is in the colour only... Well "the white kidneys" is the term used in that part of the world for "balls". That's how my sister got "balls" thinking that she paid for kidneys! My feeling after watching this film was almost identical to hers when she discovered the truth about the kidneys!

Very colourful, very bold, and at the same time very static. The biggest action was when the headless chooks were struggling over the burning candles almost at the end of the movie. Everything rest was like from the old photo shoots. Maybe some people like movies with no acting and where actors are tools only, but I am not one of them... my first impression of the actors was that they must be a bunch of mentally disturbed individuals! Don't ask for chemistry here - impossible to achieve in this type of movie where everyone and everything is thrown together: Christians, Muslims, Pagans... their beliefs and customs mixed with llamas and lions... in Armenia!
August 1, 2012
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Panta Oz

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This Soviet era film was hidden for a decade but finally was seen in the late seventies. Quite frankly, I have no idea what is going on half the time but the images are captivating.
May 10, 2012
John Ballantine

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I'm sorry art world. I get it...but maybe you're just not for me.
February 21, 2009
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Foreign Titles

  • Die Farbe des Granatapfels (DE)
  • The Colour of Pomegranates (UK)
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