The Color of Pomegranates (1968)



Directer:Sergei Parajanov  Story:Sayat Nova (poems)  Writter:Sergei Parajanov   Music:Tigran Mansuryan  Cinematography:Suren Shakhbazyan   

Editor:Sergei Parajanov, M. Ponomarenko   Running time:79 min   Country:Soviet Union  Language:Armenian, Azerbaijani (some words)  Genre:Biography, Drama, Music  

Subtitle: English

Sofiko Chiaureli ... Poet as a Youth / Poet''s Love / Poet''s Muse / Mime / Angel of Resurrection
Melkon Alekyan ... Poet as a child (as M. Alekyan), Vilen Galstyan ... Poet in the cloister
Giorgi Gegechkori ... Poet as an old man, Spartak Bagashvili ... Poet''s father,
Medea Japaridze ... Poet''s mother, Hovhannes Minasyan ... Prince, Onik Minasyan ... Prince



One of the greatest masterpieces of the 20th century, Sergei Parajanov''s "Color of the Pomegranate", 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.