Ambavi Suramis tsikhitsa (The Legend of the Suram Fortress)
Ambavi Suramis tsikhitsa (The Legend of the Suram Fortress) (1986)

Directors Sergei Paradzhanov and Dodo Abashidze resurrected an old Soviet Georgian folktale as the basis for their film The Legend of Suram Fortress. The fortress in question is forever under construction, and forever collapsing before the… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: September 8, 1986
DVD Release Date: January 1, 1998
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Critic Score: 75% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Keith Phipps
AV Club

[Paradjanov] recreates the past with an exaggerated sense of myth and magic.

Walter Goodman
New York Times

Although Mr. Paradjanov has a reputation as a prankster, I don't think this is an elaborate joke.

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The storyline is bitty but the images are stunning and burn themselves into your brain. Glorious.

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Time Out

The undeniable visual pleasures offered by the imaginative images and rich colours are unfortunately undercut by the stylised presentation.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

It's a unique film experience, one that is visually satisfying even if its narrative may be unfathomable.

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Hal Hinson
Washington Post

It's impossible to watch even a few feet of film by Paradjanov without acknowledging his mastery of the medium and the originality of his vision.

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TV Guide

The film is maddeningly elliptical and enigmatic, ponderously slow, and generally incomprehensible.

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Flixster Audience Score: 82% Flixster User Reviews
Greg S
A female serf is spurned by her lover, becomes a fortune teller, and tells the czar how he can rebuild the eternally crumbling Suram fortress. Extremely… More