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The Color of Pomegranates (1969)

Soviet Union 73m, Colour
Director: Sergei Parajanov; Cast: Sofiko Chiaureli, Melkon Aleksanyan, Vilen Galstyan, Giorgi Gegechkori

color_of_pomegranatesThe Color of Pomegranates is a surreal spectacle of photography intended as visual biography of the 18th century Armenian poet-musician Sayat-Nova. Presented in a series of titled chapters representing his life, Parajanov’s use of symbolism is virtually impenetrable without some knowledge of Armenian culture and the Sayat-Nova’s art. From a purely artistic perspective, this is a masterpiece of moving images which are as intriguing as they are captivating (Klaus Ming October 2016).


2 comments on “The Color of Pomegranates (1969)

  1. SJHoneywell

    Well…either you’re a shit-ton smarter than I am or a lot more gullible, because I found this nonsensical.

  2. Klaus

    I too was was completely befuddled by what was going on, but completely engaged by the strangeness of the imagery. A lot of it reminded me of Alejandro Jodorowsky’s crazy films.

    I can only trust those who claim to understand it, that it does reflect Sayat-Nova’s life and work. All I really know is that there are hundreds of images in this film that appealed to me.

    While there are a good number of surreal films on the list that I also didn’t get, this one (for me) is the closest i’ve seen to being visual art that was appealing.

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