This Soviet film is a biography of the Georgian artist Niko Pirosmanishvili (1863-1918), usually known as Pirosmani. Pirosmani died of starvation, unable to sell any of his works for sufficient money to support life.
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Film içinde hiç vurgu yapılmasa da, burjuvanın muhafazakarlığı aslında filmi en dokunaklı yapan. Yaşadığı dönemde hiç bir varlık gösteremeyen ve yüzlerce benzeri gibi, öldükten çok sonra sanatının değeri anlaşılan, naif ve anti sosyal ressam Pirosmani'nin hayatını izliyoruz. Ressamı canlandıran oyuncu Avtandil Varazi'nin de bir ressam olması, gerçekçiliği ve dramatik ruhu fazlasıyla hissettiriyor.
Like Parajanov's Sayat Nova, Giorgi Shengelaya explores what it means to create, and to devote one's life to creation; to live in such a way that does not toady to the expectations and desires of others. Despite being a very dark and sombre film, Pirosmani is also a film of genuine and profound inspiration. Full Review: http://cinephiledreams.blogspot.com/2013/12/pirosmani-1969.html
Stunning biopic of the homonymous Georgian folk painter, this film looks like a wandering into an art gallery. Beyond Pirosmani's paintings, the reconstruction of Tiflis is a treat to the eye; the unfolding of Pirosmani's life is told in unmistakable Christian metaphors. A celebration of naif painting at its best and a moving portrayal of the artist-as-martyr.
It is a bit clumsy, as far as camerawork and editing is concerned, but you keep wondering if this is intentional. The main character is likeable enough to watch it till the end, but on the whole, it just makes you really happy, that you don't have to live in Georgia (I apologise to people who actually live in Georgia, it's probably a really groovy place).