The Color of Pomegranates

The Color of Pomegranates

Directed by: Sergei Parajanov

Monday, April 1, 2013

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35mm print “Originally refused an export licence, Parajanov’s extraordinary film traces the life of 18th century Armenian poet Sayat Nova (‘The King of Song’), but with a series of painterly images strung together to form tableaux corresponding to moments of his life rather than any conventional biographic techniques. Pomegranates bleed their juice into the shape of a map of the old region of Armenia, the poet changes sex at least once in the course of his career, angels descend: the result is a stream of religious, poetic and local iconography which has an arcane and astonishing beauty. Much of its meaning must remain essentially specific to the culture from which the film springs, and no one could pretend that it’s all readily accessible, but audiences accustomed to the work of Tarkovsky should have little problem.” – Time Out (London)

NR, 79 Minutes, In Armenian and Azerbaijani with English subtitles
Soviet Union, 1968

"Immediate, cryptic and ravishing. This is essential viewing. "
- Jonathan Rosenabum, Chicago Reader

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