Red Pomegranate

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This avant-garde film by Russian director Sergei Parajanov depicts the life of revered the 18th-century Armenian poet and musician Sayat-Nova (Vilen Galstyan). Portraying events in the life of the artist from childhood up to his death, the movie addresses in particular his relationships with women, including his muse (Sofiko Chiaureli). The production tells Sayat-Nova's dramatic story by using both his poems and largely still camerawork, creating an impressionistic work.

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M. Aleksanian
Poet as a child
Vilen Galstyan
Poet in the cloister
Georgi Gegechkory
Poet as an old man
Sofiko Chiaureli
Poet as a Youth, Poet's Love, Poet's Muse, Mime, Angel of Resurrection
Tigran Mansuryan
Original Music
Suren Shakhbazyan
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Stepan Andranikyan
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Critic Reviews for The Color of Pomegranates (Sayat Nova )

All Critics (17) | Top Critics (2) | Fresh (16) | 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…
  • 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

    Keith Phipps

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  • The visual tapestry of The Color of Pomegranates, set to the spoken poetry of Sayat-Nova, is what makes it unforgettable as a surrealist anomaly.

    August 25, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Everything is highly ritualized and stylized, and keyed to Armenian cultural and political symbolism, but I can't help feeling the sense of liberation that infuses the film.

    June 30, 2020 | Full Review…
  • Like nothing else out there - recalling the work of the early surrealists in its dogged refusal to be interpreted literally.

    June 3, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
  • One may approach it as an achievement of creativity, as an historical film, as a religious film, or even as a political film; in any case, it's rich cinematic ground for those who wish to explore unconventional art.

    June 22, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Color of Pomegranates (Sayat Nova )

  • Aug 01, 2012
    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!
    Panta O Super Reviewer
  • Jan 06, 2012
    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.
    John B Super Reviewer
  • Oct 02, 2011
    A cultural collage of colossal allegorical meaning; an almighty imagery and a traditional musical score create and absorbing inner world of thousands of different perspectives about the same elements of life and Nature themselves. Extraordinary triumph for the history of cinema thanks to Parajanov, the master of visual artistry. 100/100
    Edgar C Super Reviewer
  • Jun 21, 2010
    This movie sure is beautiful and unique but I don't really get what they are trying to say through the weird scenes. I'm suck at interpreting poem and watching this movie is like reading long poem where we got no background/knowledge about the poet and poet's culture. Seriously, this is not my kind of movie.
    Cita W Super Reviewer

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