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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 fortress' wall, else the structure will continue to tumble. So many ancient legends are based upon self-sacrifice that one would think that Legend of Suram Fortress would have nothing new to offer--and one would be quite unfair to this well-crafted film to think along those lines. Never as brilliant as the critics made it out to be, Suram Fortress is still an immensely satisfying work from a gifted filmmaking team. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

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Critic Reviews for Ambavi Suramis tsikhitsa (The Legend of the Suram Fortress)

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (4)

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

July 25, 2006
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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…
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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…

Although Mr. Paradjanov has a reputation as a prankster, I don't think this is an elaborate joke.

July 7, 2005 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

It's a unique film experience, one that is visually satisfying even if its narrative may be unfathomable.

October 17, 2014 | Rating: B | Full Review…

The film is maddeningly elliptical and enigmatic, ponderously slow, and generally incomprehensible.

August 29, 2006 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…

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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