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La Couleur de la grenade

Children to Komitas

(Sayat nova)

by Sergueï Paradjanov



La Couleur de la grenade

Director: Sergueï Paradjanov

Screenplay: Sergueï Paradjanov

Cinematographer: Souren Chakhabazian

Editing: Sergueï Youtkevich

Sound: Yu Sayadian

Music: Martin Vardazarian

Cast.: Sofiko Tchiaourelli, Melkop Alekian, Vilien Galestian, Gueorgui Guevvetchkei, Onik Minassian

Production: Armenfilm

Films sans Frontières
70 Bd Sebastopol
75003 Paris
Tel: 0033-
Fax: 00331.

Year: 1969

35 mm, Color, 77 min, 
OV Armenian with French Subtitles

Hieratic and without dialogues-Georgian or Armenian words as well as songs in the film are part of the musical score-, Sayat Nova relates the life of the greatest Armenian poet of 18th century, through eight tableaus composed with meticulous dedication. They are ordered with objects from daily life, religious items or works of art, cloths, carpets, ancient stones which hold Paradjanov’s contemplative attention, just as radiantly beautiful faces are captured by him with loving respect.
“Dear audience, don’t expect to find the life of Sayat Nova, the great Armenian poet of the 18th century, in this film. We only tried to use cinematic devises to create a picture of this poetical world, about which Russian bard Valeri Brioussov said: ‘Armenian medieval poetry is one of the brilliant victories of the human mind that will go down in the history of our world.’ “Serguei Paradjanov

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