Probably, besides the cinematic language suggested by Griffith and Eisenstein, the world cinema hasnt' discovered
anything revolutionarily new until (Parajanov's) Color of Pomegranates...
--Mikhail Vartanov, 1968
[Sergei Parajanov's masterpiece Color of Pomegranates]
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 Paradjanov'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.
© Parajanov-Vartanov Institute