in about 100 words or less
Soviet Union 73m, Colour
Director: Sergei Parajanov; Cast: Sofiko Chiaureli, Melkon Aleksanyan, Vilen Galstyan, Giorgi Gegechkori
The 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).
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