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Sergei Parajanov

The Color of Pomegranates (Tsvet granata: Sayat Nova)

Director Sergei Parajanov Composer Tigran Mansuryan Cast Sofiko Chiaureli, Melkon Alekyan, Vilen Galstyan
Edition 1988
79' - 1969 - Drama, Biography - Dialogue: Armenian, Georgian, Azerbaijani
One of cinema's greatest masterpieces, Sergei Parajanov's "The Color of Pomegranates," a biography of the Armenian troubadour Sayat Nova (King of Song) reveals the poet's life more through his poetry than a conventional narration of important events in Sayat Nova's life. We see the poet grow up, fall in love, enter a monastery and die, but these incidents are depicted in the context of what are images from Sergei Parajanov's imagination and Sayat Nova's poems, poems that are seen and rarely heard. Sofiko Chiaureli plays 5 roles, both male and female, and Sergei Parajanov writes, directs, edits, choreographs, works on costumes, design and decor and virtually every aspect of this one-of-a-kind work hailed as revolutionary by Mikhail Vartanov.

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Sergei Parajanov


Tigran Mansuryan


Sofiko Chiaureli, Melkon Alekyan, Vilen Galstyan


Sergei Parajanov

Director of Photography

Suren Shakhbazyan


Sergei Parajanov, Marfa Ponomarenko

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Armenian, Georgian, Azerbaijani

Countries of production

Union soviétique

Screenplay based on

Sayat Nova