"The Color of Pomegranates"
Directed by Sergei Paradjanov
The director Paradjanov's sublime mosaic on the life, art and spiritual
odyssey of the 18th century Armenian poet, Sayat Nova. The film is a collection of
images and tableaux that interweave landscapes, villages, costumes, props and music to
form a metaphorical history of the Armernian nation. Banned in Russia for its
religious sentiment and nonconformity to "Socialist realism"; its director, a tirelesslly
outspoken campaigner for human rights, was convicted on a number of trumped
up charges and sentenced to five years of hard labor in the gulag. The film "achieves a sort of
para-surrealism through the most economical means of gesture, props and texture...a
sublime and heart-breaking film" (J. Hoberman, The Village Voice). This director's cut repositions the shots and images and restores censored
footage. Armenian with English subtitles. Color. 88 minutes.