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Color of Pomegranates [Import]

Sofiko Chiaureli , Melkon Alekyan , Ron Holloway , Sergei Parajanov    NR (Not Rated)   DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
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This controversial 1969 film directed by rebellious Russian filmmaker Sergei Paradzhanov (Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors) chronicles the life of the 18th-century poet Sayat Nova, but in a most unconventional way. Paradzhanov seeks to portray the poet by different actors at various stages of his long life, from a poor childhood working on farms through early celebration as a poet to his self-imposed isolation as a cloistered monk. The unorthodox stream-of-consciousness style of the film highlights character over plot, using the poet's own words as a springboard for sumptuous images that chart the course of his life from birth until death, from his youth and the great love of his life through his struggles with religion and philosophy and the despair of old age. The loose, evocative style not only brings to life the poetry of Sayat Nova's body of work, but also brings great weight to the poetry of his life. Challenging, defiant, and unconventional, The Color of Pomegranates is a must for those searching for new and different forms of filmmaking. --Robert Lane

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Greatest Films Ever Made Dec 16 2003
Format:VHS Tape
1 of the Greatest Films Ever Made, "COLOR OF POMEGRANATE - SAYAT NOVA", appears on endless lists of Top 100 most important films of all time -- and is considered a masterpiece by filmmakers, film professors, film critics, film students, film historians and film legends such as Fellini, Godard and Antonioni. Therefore, the comments by incompetent reviewers, matter not!
Issue of animal cruelty is nonsense and only demonstrates the reviewer's illiteracy. Comprehensive review of Parajanov's COLOR OF POMEGRANATE (not plural "pomegranates"), including the quality of DVD, VHS, various prints, alternative versions and the importance of this cinematic jewel, will be published at [...] in 2004.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars DO NOT BUY THIS! April 13 2002
I first saw this film on a PBS Show. It was incredible. I could not believe how beautiful, and poetic, it was.
Then I saw it in a revival theater here in Los Angeles, and again, I was overwhelmed at the power of this film.
Finally, my dream is realized, and I buy the DVD,,,,,
The people who did the transfer of this film to DVD, should be barred from ever working in any way again on any art project.
They have absolutely no clue, what they are doing.
The source of the DVD seemed to be an old print that was left in the sun for the last 25 years.
It is a travesty.
and I love the film.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A success, but not for everyone. Oct. 9 2004
By Esn024
The first images I saw in Pomegranates left me thinking, "there's no way the director can keep this up throughout the whole film!"
He can and he does.
The entire film is made up of nothing but poetic images. Acting is almost a non-issue; the only thing the actors in this movie have to worry about is keeping a straight face while staring straight ahead and not moving their heads. The images are often beautiful and striking in their artificiality, but this will no doubt prove to be overkill for many viewers... this is definitely not a film to buy blindly; I reccommend seeing it somewhere else first, like in a library. Personally, the images kept me interested. Each one seems to be an allegory for something real (the movie is, after all, designed to be an abstract representation of a poet's mind), but while some of the allegories are quite easy to figure out (ie. young Nova picking up a book in one scene, then in the next scene he's surrounded by hundreds of huge books, their pages flapping in the wind), others are very difficult. It would be very nice for me to have a special commentary feature on a dvd where somebody explains what each scene is supposed to represent.
The best way to see this movie is definetely on a big screen on the original 35mm film... the VHS version that I had (Director's Cut released by CONNOISSEUR VIDEO COLLECTION) simply SCREAMED to me for greater detail; Paradjanov doesn't always zoom in on important small details, and the picture quality on the VHS was like all VHSs a bit fuzzy. From what I heard, the Kino DVD isn't much better, so I don't really know what options there are.
I'd like to point out that for one thing, we don't SEE the lamb get slaughtered; the knife is brought to its neck and then we see the hanging dead body of a lamb.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A truly extraordinary film. March 3 2004
By A Customer
This really is an absolutely extraordinary film, all the more so when one considers the conditions under which Sergei Paradjanov made it. While it is true to say that the pace of the film is slow and its plot inscrutable there is no denying the absolute genius and vision of its director. It is hard to compare this film to any other but for me I would quote what Stanley Kubrick once said when asked to explain the meaning of 2001: A Space Odyssey to a film critic - "Sometimes the truth of a thing is not so much in the think of it, but in the feel of it". This is how I would approach a film like The Color of Pomegranates for the first time, do not attempt to understand or extract meaning from it straight away but let the film's amazing visual dynamism sink into your sub-consciousness and marvel at the sheer audacity of the director's non-conventional approach to film making. It is such a terrible shame that this amazing artist (for Sergei Paradjanov was not just a film-maker) was harassed and imprisoned on false charges by the Soviet authorities for much of his adult life and denied the ability bring more of his unique visions to life but perhaps such hardships made him utilise his artistic gifts all the more when confronted by such oppression.
Anybody who enjoys this film should also seek out his other films that are widely available for viewing, namely Shadows of Our Forgotten Ancestors (1964), The Legend of Suram Fortress (1984) and Ashik Kerib (1988) for we are lucky to have these few masterpieces of his.
I have only viewed this film on Kino's DVD version so I cannot compare it with any other versions.
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By cbrener
In my opinion the dvd is quite good, it is a miracle that Paradjanov's troubled masterpiece even survived. I agree that the video transfer could have been better but one must remember the bad conditions and problems the film went through. I disagree with the reviewer from Texas who is very negative himself/herself but claims that comments of paradjanov website are negative and I believe the website's point is most appropriate. As far as translation, I find nothing awkward with singular translation of "pomegranate" plus if Paradjanov intended it that way then why modify his title. This is one of my favorite films and I hope more people will see it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Film----typically awful Kino DVD.
One really has to dig VERY deep into the metaphorical bag to be able to convincingly say that there are homoerotic undertones to this film. Read more
Published on Jan. 4 2004 by Django
5.0 out of 5 stars 1 of the Greatest Films Ever Made
1 of the Greatest Films Ever Made, COLOR OF POMEGRANATE - SAYAT NOVA, appears on endless lists of Top 100 most important films of all time -- and is considered a masterpiece by... Read more
Published on Dec 15 2003 by PARAJANOV.com
1.0 out of 5 stars A Ridiculous Spectacle of Nonsense
I really wanted to enjoy this movie, as I found Paranjanov's Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors to be fascinatingly otherworldly. Read more
Published on Nov. 26 2003 by ixta_coyotl
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Film
This is a great film which portays beautifully the story of Sayat Nova and it illustrates the cinimatic gift of Sergei Paradjanov at his best. Read more
Published on Oct. 28 2003 by Azat Oganesian
5.0 out of 5 stars A dream.
Imagine a Byzantine mosaic slowly coming to life. . . . That's the closest I, or anyone else, can come to describing Sergei Paradjanov's *The Color of Pomegranates*, one of the... Read more
Published on March 11 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars YOU deserve better than this!
The Color of Pomegranates is one of the most beautiful films ever made, but Kino Video's now legendary poor DVD transfers mean that all of the colours merge into a slushy brown. Read more
Published on Sept. 6 2001 by Andy Rubio
2.0 out of 5 stars Film as iconography
There are films that seem bad at first but open up when seen a second or third time. This is not one of them. Read more
Published on June 18 2001
2.0 out of 5 stars Film as iconography
There are films that seem bad at first but open up when seen a second or third time. This is not one of them. Read more
Published on June 18 2001
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