The Color of Pomegranates (Sayat Nova )
The Color of Pomegranates (Sayat Nova ) (1980)

Director Sergei Paradjanov made a practice of making highly idiosyncratic films based on the folklore of regions in the former Soviet Union. In 1969 he made this film, based in part on the life of the 18th-century Armenian poet, Sayat Nova… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: October 6, 1980
DVD Release Date: March 8, 2005
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Critic Score: 91% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Pat Graham
Chicago Reader

It's a strange, visionary work, highly formal and not easy of access, but compelling in a way that's almost impossible to describe.

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Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

I found the images occasionally striking, and sometimes bizarre, but I never connected with them in any meaningful way.

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TV Guide

Well worth seeing, if only as a visual treat.

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John Patterson
L.A. Weekly

A madly beautiful, often straight-up-bonkers meditation on the life of its eponymous Armenian-Azeri balladeer and poet.

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Anton Bitel
Little White Lies

not just some mad collection of pretty pictures, but a poetic and ethnographic evocation of Armenian religion, culture and society, told through the prism of the nation's most celebrated troubadour and his songs.

Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

It's best appreciated as an arcane work about a great tortured artist by a great tortured artist.

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Keith Phipps
AV Club

Paradjanov scares up one startling sequence after another, crafting a bizarre mosaic of Nova's world while limiting himself to the materials of the poet's time.

Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

An extremely honest attempt to convey abstraction in an essentially non-abstract medium.

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Jeremy Heilman

As much as I can recognize the obvious effort and specific intent that went into the film, I am at a complete loss to comprehend what exactly it's trying to say to me.

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Flixster Audience Score: 84% Flixster User Reviews
Panta Oz
It was interesting... that's the least I can say for the beginning! And now I'll explain to you how I felt after watching this movie... My sister once… More
John Ballantine
This Soviet era film was hidden for a decade but finally was seen in the late seventies. Quite frankly, I have no idea what is going on half the time but the… More
Jared H
I'm sorry art world. I get it...but maybe you're just not for me.