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The Color of Pomegranates (1969)

Cast: Sofiko Chiaureli, Sofiko Chiaureli, Melkop Alekyan, more...
Director: Sergei Paradjanov, Sergei Paradjanov
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Rating: Not Rated
Studio: Kino
Genre: Foreign, Costume Drama/Period Piece, Russia, Experimental/Avant-Garde
Running Time: 155 min.
Languages: English, Russian
Subtitles: English
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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 international arena until 1977. Then, The Color of Pomegranates was widely acclaimed for its poetic and non-narrative blending of historical and biographical Armenian imagery. ~ Clarke Fountain, All Movie Guide

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like a dream by rarcher January 30, 2006 - 9:21 AM PST
2 out of 3 members found this review helpful
like 2 of the other reviewers here, i really couldn't "follow" this film that well - but unlike them, i don't care - i loved this movie - totally beautiful abstract like paintings of dreams - paradjanov seems to me a bit like a cross between joderowsky and pasolini - and he has that thing a lot of peter greenaway's films have, where the scenes look like paintings acted out - obviously, this dude didn't have the kind of budget that americans these days take for granted - he used his imagination to make up for it - something we seem to resent in this country
this dvd also has a very interesting documentary on the filmmaker that includes his last filmed interview
too bad he made so few films and we can't get many of those...

Too Abstract by SDChas May 15, 2005 - 12:56 AM PDT
1 out of 7 members found this review helpful
This movie is a series of different imagery sequences. As best I understand it, each image sequence bringing to life some fable, or common saying of the region. In most of the sequences, the people moved very slow. There may have been some overriding plot to the sequences, but I missed it. When I watch a movie, I want some plot, some characters, some drama, some action. This was way too far out of the normal for me.

Abstract Above and Beyond the Call of Duty by monstress January 21, 2005 - 11:04 AM PST
3 out of 5 members found this review helpful
This is a difficult film to watch. I think it's because it requires an entirely different set of expectations and cultural references with which to decode it. The scenes are stunningly beautiful, the filming is stark and simple, though obviously crafted by a master. The thing is, it is uncompromising in its Armenian-ness. This was not made for vast consumption, it was made so people could come and witness it, like Mohammad to the mountain. It took me three tries to get through it, but I am glad I did. The things I did catch onto, the universal themes or whatever, were so gorgeously visualized I could have cried. The other stuff tried my American-style movie viewing expectations to the limit.

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