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The Color of Pomegranates is a 1968 film from the Soviet Union conceived, directed, costumed, and designed by Sergei Parajanov and starring Sofiko Chiaureli, Melkon Aleksanyan, and Vilen Galstyan. The film is a biography of the famous Armenia poet Sayat Nova. Instead of telling the poet's life linearly, the film attempts to capture the essence of his poetry. His youth, his fascination with women, his first love, and his time in a monastery are all told through his poetry and Parajanov's spectacular imagery. The film has been hailed as a masterpiece, and spectacular praise has been bestowed upon Chiarueli, who plays six characters in the film, both male and female. With almost no dialogue and very little camera movement, the film is a unique portrait of the life of an artist. Upon its release, the film was banned in the Soviet Union for its nationalist themes.