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The Color of Pomegranates
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The Color of Pomegranates

1969
Drama, Music
1h 19m
A biography of the Armenian troubadour Sayat Nova (King of Song) reveals the poet's life more through his poetry than a conventional narration of important events in Sayat Nova's life. We see the poet grow up, fall in love, enter a monastery and die, but these incidents are depicted in the context of what are images from Sergei Parajanov's imagination and Sayat Nova's poems, poems that are seen and rarely heard. Sofiko Chiaureli plays 6 roles, both male and female, and Sergei Parajanov writes, directs, edits, choreographs, works on costumes, design and decor and virtually every aspect of this revolutionary work void of any dialog or camera movement.
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The Color of Pomegranates tells a barely coherent narrative through a series of animate images cemented by words and music. Each of these audio-visual pictures, in and of itself, is spectacularly designed, staged, composed, edited and sometimes choreographed, not only on a superficially eye-pleasing level. Tasteful disparity of sensual and (Armenian Orthodox) cultural elements, and not necessarily decipherable symbolism, creates what amounts to a depth and richness of atmosphere and mood.
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90th
85
Like Jodorowsky's 'The Holy Mountain' the hypnotic imagery of this film is beyond belief, some of it probably also comprehension.
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54th
75
This is about as far from narrative storytelling as you can get without dipping into the realm of experimental cinema. No camera movement, very little dialogue, only a few recurring characters. The visuals are striking compositions with mysterious meanings. I'll admit that the symbolism flew almost entirely over my head. I feel that multiple revisits will reveal more and more of the obscured meaning. It's a shame that such unique and powerful images aren't available in a better presentation.
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98th
92
A magnificent artwork of unparalleled visual and metaphorical invention, droll and deeply felt, evoking a spiritual peace in the manner of Tarkovsky. And every time you feel you've had enough, they come up with a new puppet house tableau that resolves itself like clockwork. Art posturing is its very texture, and it's a complete madness - most of all that they get away with it.
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49th
70
What can I say about a movie that explores a poet and his Armenian heritage in such deeply rooted cultural motifs with which I am completely unfamiliar? It was challenging to say the least, but there's certainly an appeal to the sheer visceral beauty the film constantly evokes through experimental means. While its narrative is cryptic at best, it's not so difficult to parse in a thematic sense. After all, it tells you how weird it's going to be right at the beginning.
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