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
Oct 6, 1980 Wide
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It's a strange, visionary work, highly formal and not easy of access, but compelling in a way that's almost impossible to describe.
A madly beautiful, often straight-up-bonkers meditation on the life of its eponymous Armenian-Azeri balladeer and poet.
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.
I found the images occasionally striking, and sometimes bizarre, but I never connected with them in any meaningful way.
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.
An extremely honest attempt to convey abstraction in an essentially non-abstract medium.
It's best appreciated as an arcane work about a great tortured artist by a great tortured artist.
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