This week’s titles aren’t linked by any common thread other than that they’ve helped to provide a few moments of wonder, mystery and solid enjoyment that offer a faith in the power of cinema that it’s increasingly hard to have in humanity.
The Arthouse Essential:
The Colour of Pomegranates — Mubi.com
Often cited in the list of the greatest films ever made and one of cinema’s most beautiful and ethereal creations, Sergei Parajanov’s 1969 trailblazing piece of visual poetry is now thankfully more easily available to film lovers in the form of a lovingly realised restoration care of the Martin Scorsese World Cinema Project.
Predictably butchered and given only a restricted release by Soviet authorities on its release, it is ostensibly a biographical portrait of the 18th century Armenian poet Sayat-Nova but it’s really a pioneering work of early queer cinema and a still unbeaten demonstration of the marrying of the visual with the poetic in any medium.
Parajanov presents a series of tableaux inspired by moments in the poet’s life but coming completely from the very singular imagination of the director to the accompaniment of brief extracts from Sayat-Nova’s poems in a mostly dialogue-free environment.