I feel I must employ a term of praise usually reserved for psych rock: face-melting. This is indeed, of the four Parajanov projects I have now seen, the most powerfully redolent of a psychedelic drug experience. Whereas POMEGRANATES and SURAM FORTRESS are extremely precise and formally controlled, this one feels like it might become unmoored at any point, centrifugal force sending it spiralling off into the beyond.
“Get up, teacher. Minstrels only die on the road. Your journey’s not over yet.” This is just obviously the best film ever made. Or… the worst? One of the two. (Both?) Consider what it means to be Parajanov’s weirdest film: Ecstatic, decadent, riotous camp. Hilarious/earnest subversions. An alchemy of energies/effects. A surrealistic rapture; ridiculous as transcendent. There is literally no option but to give it a 5
Do Russian directors have special sense of beauty? How can they make such beautiful scenes? I especially loved the dance of a girl and a woman. The story is quite abstract, befitting the designation 'oriental fairy-tale'. Nonetheless, it's a beautiful and glorifying story of powerless people of virtues.
Directed by Dodo Abashidze and Sergei Parajanov . Simply amazing film. Based on a short story by Mikhail Lermontov, it's a visual celebration of Azerbaijani culture. Very keen to see other films by these filmmakers. The film is dedicated to Andrei Tarkovsky.