A mesmerising and poetic take on the biopic genre. Parajanov's film is haunting and beautiful - each frame seems carefully constructed, like a painting. The hypnotic score adds to the wonderful effect. A cinematic masterpiece.
Akin to a mid-afternoon dream, The Color Of Pomegranates is a beautiful, mysterious, melancholic, and above all, elusive piece of film. A gentle, haunting mind-blower of a film. Don't worry so much about deciphering it--just let it wash over you.
First saw THE COLOR OF POMEGRANATES many years ago. Kinda blindsided me. I was aware of having a powerful audiovisual experience (despite watching a muddy VHS tape on a cathode ray tube set), but was aware that a whole heap of cultural signage was beyond my ken. So maybe let this review be primarily a review of the new Criterion Blu-ray which looks/sounds phenomenal and includes reams of beneficent contextualizing.
Hypnotic and intoxicating--Sergei Parajanov's meditative and spiritual tableaux exploring the life of the Armenian poet Sayat Nova is one of the crown jewels of world cinema. So excited to see it has finally been added to the Criterion Collection. (Now I'm looking forward to them releasing his Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors, my favorite film of all time.)
A beautiful film to experience without setting. I'd like to know more about Armenian culture after watching this. Not knowing much about the source material doesn't take away from the visual experience.
was there ever a greater poetic work in cinema? a truly abstract piece on the nature of doctrine, of conformity and of the need for individuality. a piece of such symbolic power that his contemporaries tarkovsky and shepitko struggle to attain a similar level of power in the work. the most visually stunning use of colour ever seen too. also with the criticism of mindless conformity, viciously attacks the soviets.