The Legend of Suram Fortress

The Legend of Suram Fortress

dir. Sergei Parajanov, Soviet Union, 1984, 35mm, Georgian with English subtitles, 88 min.

“I always recaII with great gratitude and great pIeasure Sergei Parajanov’s fiIms which I Iove very much. He had a paradoxicaI and poetic way of thinking. The way he Ioved beauty, the way he couId be absoIuteIy free within his idea of the fiIm.” — Andrei Tarkovsky

Based on an ancient legend, this dazzling film is a surreal ode to Georgian warriors throughout the ages who died for their country. Repeated efforts by the Georgian people to construct a defensive stronghold continually fail. The building collapses until a fortune teller remembers an old prophecy that the son of her erstwhile lover must be bricked up alive in order for the fortress to stand. The young man is faced with the prospect of sacrificing himself to save his country. Like his most-famous film, The Color of Pomegranates, the film consists in a series of tableaux. Once again minimal dialogue is used and the film abounds in surreal, almost oneiric power.

$7.00 - $9.00


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