The Color of Pomegranates

Director: Sergei Paradjanov
Year Released: 1968
Rating: 3.0

Paradjanov lets you know from the beginning what he's going for - an interpretation of the mind/soul of the poet Sayat Nova - and then unleashes a gorgeous array of images (sans plot) that require viewer interpretation. I'm going to assume a large percentage of people - like myself - are unfamiliar with Nova's poems, but knowledge of his life and themes aren't mandatory to see this - it's one of those 'sit back and let it happen' type of films which seems to alienate those looking for a specific direction or clarity. I've seen this twice now (with my viewings some seven years apart) and still not sure what to make of it, though the ambiguity bothers me less this time around.