It stands and falls on its mannerist folkloric ways, the initial sequences are astonishing, Mariushka and Ivan running through the forest, that is love everlasting through the pine trees the sun, I don't insist on keeping much of what follows with me, for sure, I still do, but what about after? the soundtrack can get too frenetic
Arresting visuals, seriously. Some of the transitions (Ivan's father's death) and the reveals were perfect. The camera gets right to the meat of things. The story is simple but effective and very human. I wished they had lingered longer on certain aspects of Ivan's life like his grief but I understand the need to move quickly. Love the music, surprisingly funny at times, overall really cool stuff.
Oh good, more Russian Soul bullshit. Ooh, look at the suffering peasants, look at the hammy acting, look at the flat writing. Yup, this is a soviet film alright. Besides the wonderful semi-last scene, this is just aesthetic porn all throughout. And yet, Parajanov considers his prior work "garbarge" in comparison to this (guess I know what to avoid now). Fingers crossed that his follow-ups are better.
If you agree that the medium of movie films has a lot to do with colours, lights and sounds, you should see this 1964 Georgian movie. I haven't seen one like this before - a movie whose each frame bursts with color (at times deliberate lack of it) bringing a stream of beautiful art passing before your eyes! The sound complements it too with folk music and sounds of life. The whole experience is magnetic and artful
Mystisch-archaisches Narrativ in grandiosen Bildern. Eine intuitive, teils subjektive Kamera, die mit ungewohnten Bildern zu begeistern weiß. Diese Bewegung, diese Farben, die Tiefe, der Raum - wunderbar! / Mystic-archaic narrativ in magnificent pictures. An intuitive, partly subjective camera which show to arouse enthusiasm with unusual pictures. This movement, these colours, the depth, the space - marvellous!
Durch die Karpaten pfeift ein rauer Wind, blicke schießen aus unzähligen Winkeln auf die Menschen los, vom Baum auf den Kopf hinab, durch die peitschenden Blätter und Büsche den nackten Kindern hinterher, dem feiernden Volk am Wegesrand hinterher. Alles tönt, lacht, schreit und weint - die Bilder explodieren vor Farbendie Tonspur zerrt einen ins Delirium und kein Wort, das gesprochen wird treibt Handlung voran. Gut
An epic and tragic fairy tale about love; dreamy, moody, and mysterious; great music. For the most part the cinematography is impressive and some scenes are absolutely beautiful; however, the editing is rather awkward and sometimes disorienting. Some parts seem unnecessary, and it would probably have more impact in, let's say, a 60 minute format.
If this film could be awarded a sixth star, I would give it seven. It is simply one of the bext films ever made, a poem in motion, image and sound. A soul-song by a master of the medium, who lived and loved and fought--often without success--to have his films made. An exceptional masterpiece!
Beautiful and kaleidoscopic journey through the unfortunate life of a carpathian villager. Disorienting at times, and frequently overwhelming. The folk music throughout - while definitely not something that I would listen to outside of the movie - genuinely elevate the film's atmosphere and create an authentic vibe. Poor Ivanko.
Incuriosito dalle altissime valutazioni, mi ci sono buttato, per poi chiedermi se avessi visto lo stesso film del resto degli utenti di Mubi. Montaggio sconnesso, fotografia inesistente, tecnica amatoriale, recitazione pessima e orecchie massacrate da trombe e cantilene continui. Pappa per i denti dei sedicenti cine-esperti della corrente "più è di nicchia, più è bello". Si salva solo qualche inquadratura coraggiosa.
Waaah. Never witnessed such an urgency to create images: the way this crazy Georgian moves the camera is absolutely compelling. It's not a perfect movie, but all its imperfections come from this very excess of enthusiasm – so I ended up loving them too. And the dresses, and the colors of snow and fire... Such a cinematographic treasure. Such a crazy film to fill your cinephile hearts with.