Lermontov's famous fable tells of Ashik Kerib, the wandering minstrel who is trying to earn enough money to marry the girl he loves. But when the father of his beloved spurns him, Ashik is foced to roam the land for 1,001 nights. In recounting the story, Paradjanov boldly dispenses with conventional storytelling decives. Ashik Kerib is a series of glorious tableaux, exquisitely composed, choreographed and photographed. In addition, Paradjanov combines intertitles with images of early Russian artwork, which are then overlaid with a haunting blend of traditional and contemporary musical forms.
Serge Paradjanov and Mikhail Lermontov documentaries, The Mistrel's Song featurette, Mikhail Lermontov biography, Cast and crew filmographies, Image gallery
Release Date: 24 November 2008
Certificate: PG - Parental Guidance
Sound: Dolby Digital
Main Language: English