Georgian S.S.R. -- History -- 1801 -1917 -- Drama, Muslims -- Georgian S.S.R. -- Drama



BAMPFA Collection

  • Introduction
  • Judith Rosenberg
    On Piano

Alexandre Imedashvili, Kokta Karalashvili, Kira Andronikashvili,

This historical epic evokes the tragic fate of a nation pacified in 1864 by the Tsarist Russian Empire. When authorities begin to appropriate arable lands, the peasants are forced to evacuate under terrible conditions. In the village of Verdi, we find Eliso, whose love for Vazho is encumbered by differences of class and religion. Yet the most overwhelming passion in this cherished classic is the depiction of Georgia’s majestic landscape and the deep-rooted traditions of its people. Directed by Nikoloz Shengelaia, one of the great early figures in Georgian cinema.

  • Nikoloz Shengelaia
  • Sergei Tretyakov
  • Oleg Leonidov
Based On
  • the short story by Alexandre Kazbegi

  • Vladimir Kereselidze
  • Russian intertitles
  • with English electronic titling
Print Info
  • B&W
  • 35mm
  • Silent
  • 97 mins
  • 20fps

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Eliso (review), Variety, David Stratton, 1989

Nikolai Shengelaya directs: Elisso (program note), Pacific Film Archive Calendar, Judy Bloch, 1986

Films from Soviet Georgia: Elisso & Our courtyard (program note), Pacific Film Archive Calendar, 1977

Films form Soviet Georgia : Elisso & Our courtyard (program note), Pacific Film Archive, 1977

Eliso = Nikolai Shengelaya (distributor materials)

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