Saturday, May 20, 2017

The Legend of Suram Fortress (1985)

International Film Exchange
Directed by Serge Parajanov and Dodo Abashidze
My rating: 2 stars out of 4
IMDb Wikipedia
(DVD,  Kino)

Confusing story of a freed slave who leaves his homeland to earn money to free his lover. He meets a merchant who tells his own backstory. Later, the freed slave marries another woman and they have a child. His old lover becomes a much-in-demand fortune teller. She foretells of a boy who must be bricked-up alive in the walls of a fortress in order to stand. The boy turns out to be the child of her former lover. Distractedly photographed in a series of "tableaux" imitating old paintings. However, the transition to cinema does not really work as the static camera and distant figures lead more often to boredom.

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