The Legend Of Suram Fortress

Directed by Sergei Paradjanov

Year: 1985
Running Time: 89
Color Type: Color
Aspect Ratio: 1.33.1
Country: Russia
Language: Georgian w/English subt. [audio]
Genres: World Cinema
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The Legend Of Suram Fortress

Cast
Sofiko Chiaureli
Levan Outchanechvili
Zourab Kipchidze
Dodo Abashidze

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Directed by Sergei Paradjanov


(The Legend of Suram Fortress) - Based on an ancient legend, this dazzling film by visionary director Sergei Paradjanov (Ashik Kerib, Shadows Of Our Forgotten Ancestors) 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. (The Legend of Suram Fortress) - Based on an ancient legend, this dazzling film by visionary director Sergei Paradjanov (Ashik Kerib, Shadows Of Our Forgotten Ancestors) 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.

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"Pure Paradjanov! A medieval spectacle...As if an Oldenburg Happening had been staged at the court of Harun Al-Rashid." - J. Hoberman, The Village Voice "Deliriously abstract...An exquisite tableau." - The Chicago Tribune

"Pure Paradjanov! A medieval spectacle...As if an Oldenburg Happening had been staged at the court of Harun Al-Rashid." - J. Hoberman, The Village Voice

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