The Color of Pomegranates

Weekly Alibi

DIRECTED BY: Sergei Paradzhanov

REVIEWED: 10-23-96

This 1969 Armenian film (originally banned by the Russian government) traces the life of 18th-century poet Sayat Nova ("The King of Song") as he rises from a child working as a wool dyer to courtier and to monk. Director Sergi Paradjonov uses a series of painterly images strung together to form tableaux revealing the most intimate and visionary moments of Nova's life. The result is a stream of religeous, poetic and local iconography which has an arcane and astonishing beauty.

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