"Besides the film language suggested by Griffith and Eisenstein, the world cinema has not discovered anything revolutionarily new until The Color of Pomegranates, not counting the generally unaccepted language of the Andalusian Dog by Buñuel".
"Parajanov’s Color of Pomegranates is of a stunningly perfect beauty. Parajanov, in my opinion, is one of best film directors in the world."
The Colour of Pomegranates
An enigma. The opus magnum of Armenia’s greatest filmmaker Sarkis Parajanian (known in the USSR as the relentless dissenter Sergei Parajanov) is a book of secret symbols whose meaning remains a mystery to us living in a different time and culture. But it is still a book that keeps on inviting us to rediscover it again an again, to turn its pages as they present themselves in the form of beautiful tableaux vivants. The narrative layer of the film tells the story of the eighteenth-century poet Sayat-Nova: from his childhood and adolescence, through his travels and life in a monastery, until his death. Each scene is a reference to Sayat-Nova’s works, to Armenian culture and to religious and spiritual symbols. Of great importance is also the musical score by Tigran Mansurian, featuring folk instruments (the duduk and the kamancheh) and choral singing in starring roles.
Director: Sergei Parajanov
Writers: Sayat Nova (poems), Sergei Parajanov
Stars: Sofiko Chiaureli, Melkon Alekyan, Vilen Galstyan
Production: USRR, 1968