Pirosmani. 1969. USSR. Directed and cowritten by Giorgi Shengelaia. In Georgian; English subtitles. 85 min.
With Avtandil Varazi, David Abashidze. In his film about the life of the great Georgian primitive artist Nikoloz (Niko) Pirosmanishvili (1862–1919), Shengelaia avoids the usual clichés of films about artists’ lives, instead experimenting with color control techniques based on the painter’s style. Avtandil Varazi—also the film’s art-director—plays the gentle, uncompromising artist who sold his paintings to bars and restaurants for food and drink, and worked mostly in solitude. “Shengelaia’s film constructs a series of impressionistic tableaux from incidents in Pirosmani’s life. Each tableau takes its style from Piarosmani’s own paintings, with simple lines and pastel colors, figures poised suggestively in space, and further resonance derived from references to the work of the French impressionists” (New Directors/New Films, 1975).
Sunday, September 28, 2014,5:00 p.m.The Museum of Modern Art, Theater 2
Wednesday, September 24, 2014,4:00 p.m.Introduced by Eldar ShengelaiaThe Museum of Modern Art, Theater 2