Ashik Kerib
Ashik Kerib (1989)

Based on a story by Russian author Mikhail Lermontov, Ashik Kerib has the texture of an ancient, oft-told tale. Yuri Mgoyan stars as a wandering troubadour, working the provinces. He spends 1000 days and nights on the road, entertaining… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: June 15, 1989
DVD Release Date: February 5, 2008
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Wally Hammond
Time Out

There are coded messages of the tribulations of the artist here, and also a playful, mischievous comedic tone that allays any feeling of self-absorbtion on the director's part. Astonishing.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

Minor Paradjanov would qualify as something very close to major from most other filmmakers.

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Walter Goodman
New York Times

How Mr. Paradzhanov manages the tricky feat of kidding folk themes yet according them love and respect is his secret. How well he succeeds is here for the rest of us to relish.

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Michael E. Grost
Classic Film and Television

Experimental film is visually inventive.

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Keith Phipps
AV Club

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


Music, dance and gorgeous costumes adorn each ravishing kaleidoscopic episode.

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