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The Color of Pomegranates

Նռան գույնը | Nran Guyne

Directed by Sergei Parajanov
Soviet Union, 1969
Drama, Biography, Music


A portrait of revered 18th-century Armenian poet and musician Sayat-Nova. Chronicling this emblematic figure’s life from childhood up to his death, the film addresses his several relationships with women, especially his muse.

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The Color of Pomegranates Directed by Sergei Parajanov
What Parajanov did was to stylize the poet’s world, literally visualizing his imagery, radically simplifying the story of his life, and totally dispensing with any framing or narration. . . . In Parajanov’s hands, the effect was as rich and strange as any film by Kenneth Anger or Derek Jarman.
April 13, 2018
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In ‘68 the rulebook was still burning and a new language was being written on every movie screen. “Sayat Nova” found a bold new way to tell a man’s story, by bouncing his words off of perfectly assembled images like sonar. Human beings, fabric, paint, food, animals and kinetic violence are placed together in sensual decoupage, while the soundtrack seems to sing to itself.
September 28, 2014
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…The still, frontal camera contemplates some of the strangest and most sublime of all cinematic textures: ancient manuscripts flipping in the wind, ornate tapestries, crumbling stone prosceniums, gauzy veils and cherubs with taped-on wings, ad infinitum, ad gloriam. The imagistic piling-up of folklore, documentary and reverie is otherworldly, its hyper-concentrated aesthetic joy as immediate as its narrative meaning is subterranean.
September 14, 2014
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