A film related to Mark Donskoy's "The Horse that Cryed". By a similar fictional approach to a novelistic appeal; by a profound regionality and mythology of its own, deeply articulated with the cultural heritage of a people; by the immense visual and sonic creativity to tell the story of fateful lovers, deeply loved by a cinema that challenges the ruling order. A work of art whose other title is “Horses of Fire”.
Feels less accurate to describe Parajanov as possessed of genius than *by* it, if genius was an energetic force, some ecstatic delirium, itself propelling the camera through space, resonating in the sound... More than any stylistic element, it is this extraordinary, often bewildering, energy that turns an artistically unique, if slightly overwrought, portrayal of some ill-fated lovers into something nearing sublime.
Essential cinema. Parajanov took us to the Carpathian mountains and captured Ukrainian folk lore in a bold, vivid and visceral way. A cinematographic marvel in its rich colour, costume and camera effects full of memorable images. Controversial in Russia for its religious content and 'glorification' of folklore and banned for many years.