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Melodies of the Vera Quarter (1973) by Giorgi Shengelaia

Melodies of the Vera Quarter (1973)
by Giorgi Shengelaia

Melodies extols the quintessential Soviet values of socialism and hard work through a charming tale that clearly has its origins in folklore. The film’s Soviet context is infused with marvellous Georgian music and dance and featuring a performance from Sofiko Chiaureli, is a celebration of Georgian culture’s vibrancy.

Directed by Giorgi Shengelaya, this dynamic musical stars Sofiko Chiaureli, the much-loved Georgian actress, thought to be Sergei Parajanov’s muse. It details a young laundress’ determination to help two poor and talented girls attend ballet school. The vibrant musical numbers that underpin the plot are distinctly Georgian and draw from the nation’s rich musical tradition. 

 

Georgian Cinema, Ballet and Bedoba

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Giorgi Shengelaia

Giorgi Shengelaia

Director

Giorgi Shengelaia is a Georgian and Soviet film director. He has directed 14 films since 1961. His 1985 film The Journey of a Young Composer was entered into the 36th Berlin International Film Festival where he won the Silver Bear for Best Director.

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