Color of Pomegranate, The
1969, Hayfilm Studio, color, 79min. (2182m).
Scr./Dir. S.Parajanov, Dir. of Phot. S.Shahbazyan, Art Dir. S.Andranikyan, Compos. T.Mansuryan, Sound Yu.Sayadyan, First Asst.Dir. A.Samvelyan, Cam. M.Shahbazyan, Sec.Asst.Dir. Rom.Zhamharyan, Cost.Des. Ye.Akhvlediani, I.Karalyan, Zh.Sarabyan, Set Des. M.Arakelyan, Make-up P.Aschyan, V.Asatryan, Visual Effects L.Karamyan, H.Hovhannisyan, Scr.Edit. B.Hovhannisyan, P.Zeytuntsyan, Music.Edit. M.Berko, Music.Des. Yu.Harutyunyan, Pantomime directed by S.Parajanov, Consultant on architecture issues V.Jorbenadze, Designer-jeweller A.Asaturov, Edit. M.Ponomarenko, Prod.Manag. A.Melik-Sargsyan.
Cast: Sayat-Nova, Queen Anna, “Girl in lace,” and poet’s Muse – S.Tchiaureli, Sayat-Nova in the childhood – M.Alekyan, poet in the church – V.Galstyan, poet in old age – G.Gegechkori, prince – H.Minasyan, poet’s mother – M.Japaridze, poet’s father – S.Bagashvilli.
In the episodes: G.Matsukatov, M.Bibileyshvilli, G.Margaryan, L.Karamyan, G.Gabunia, B.Mirianashvilli, I.Babayan, B.Takhishvilli, Zh.Gharibyan, T.Dvali, E.Panakhchyan, Yu.Merdenov, Yu.Amiryan.
This is a poetic film about the lot and creative art of an outstanding Armenian poet Sayat-Nova (XVII century). The director depicts the childhood, adolescence, love, death, and immortality of the singer through symbols and allegories.
The first author’s cut of the film was screened only in Armenia. It was only after Sergey Yutkevich’s editing that the film was allowed to have distribution throughout the Soviet Union.