Saturday, June 12, 2010

screenshots from one of extraordinarily beautiful
films of Sergei Parajanov (wiki)
The Color of Pomegranates / Sayat Nova (1969)
"The Color of Pomegranates is a poetic, dreamlike film that sought to portray the life of Armenian troubadour Sayat Nova through images inspired by his life and poetry. Born Haroutiun Sayakian, he is remembered as Sayat Nova or “king of songs.” Raised in the Georgian city of Tiflis (as was Sergei Parajanov himself), Sayat Nova performed in the Armenian, Azerbaijani, and Persian languages. This brought him fame beyond the Armenian community and he was summoned to serve as Court Musician and Poet by Heracle II, the 18th- century king of Georgia. After falling in love with the king’s sister, Princess Anna, he was expelled from the court. He spent the rest of his life as a monk where he continued to write poetry and music. To the Armenian people, Sayat Nova is considered a martyr because he was executed by the invading Persians for refusing to renounce his Christian faith"
more at reverseshot


Isabella said...

I love love love Paradjanov's films! like in a dream the stories goes forward and backward, one stunning image follows the other. with great passion for the details Paradjanov captures the fading beauty of the Kaukasian culture onthe crossroads from East to West. Thank you for this post! btw: did you see the "Story of Surami"? A masterpiece as well... greetings Isabella

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