Legend Of Suram Fortress

Soviet Georgia's best-known filmmaker in the West is Sergei Paradzhanov, who brings to the screen a healthy dose of Georgian nationalism that occasionally lands him in trouble with Soviet authorities, as did his best-known film, THE COLOR OF POMEGRANATES. Here the director takes an old Georgian folk tale about the fortress that can never be completed because...read more

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Soviet Georgia's best-known filmmaker in the West is Sergei Paradzhanov, who brings to the screen a healthy dose of Georgian nationalism that occasionally lands him in trouble with Soviet authorities, as did his best-known film, THE COLOR OF POMEGRANATES. Here the director takes an old

Georgian folk tale about the fortress that can never be completed because the walls keep collapsing under their own weight. Eventually the people go to a fortune teller for advice, sending a young man as their messenger. The young man is the son of the man who years ago jilted the fortune teller,

and she tells him the only way the fort will stand is if he himself is walled up alive inside the structure. Willingly he performs this sacrifice. Critics praised this film, as they did many of Paradzhanov's other films, but here the praise is unfounded. The film is maddeningly elliptical and

enigmatic, ponderously slow, and generally incomprehensible. Only the lavish costumes and the frequently striking compositions make the film tolerable. (In Georgian; English subtitles.)

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