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The Color of Pomegranates
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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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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.
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
I wish Kino would do a better job with their DVD transfers. It's better than the VHS tape, but really, they could have cleaned the film up considerably, as well as offered some special features. The Paradjanov documentary is nice, though it's really presented more as two films on one DVD, rather than as a special feature. Removable subtitles and a new translation would have been nice, too. Kino really needs to give these to Criterion to see what they can dig up. I'm sure it would be spectacular, as usual.
Parajanov.com is such a negative reviewer, and is very picky. Color of POMEGRANATE does not translate well in english.Read more ›
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In my opinion the dvd is quite good, it is a miracle that Paradjanov's troubled masterpiece even survived. Read morePublished on Feb. 5 2004 by cbrener
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 morePublished on Dec 15 2003 by PARAJANOV.com
I really wanted to enjoy this movie, as I found Paranjanov's Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors to be fascinatingly otherworldly. Read morePublished on Nov. 26 2003 by ixta_coyotl
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 morePublished on Oct. 28 2003 by Azat Oganesian
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 morePublished on March 11 2003
I first saw this film on a PBS Show. It was incredible. I could not believe how beautiful, and poetic, it was. Read morePublished on April 13 2002 by Marvin Bluth
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 morePublished on Sept. 6 2001 by Andy Rubio
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 morePublished on June 18 2001