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SERGEI PARADZHANOV

(Sarkis Paradjanian)

Russia

Born: Tiflis (Tbilisi), Georgia, Russia, 18 March 1924.
Died: Yerevan, Armenia, 21 July 1990.


Armenian Soviet director. Graduated from VGIK (All-Union State Cinema Institute), where he studied with Igor Savchenko, and made a number of Ukranian-language films, which he described as "justified failures". He first achieved international recognition with Teni zabytykh predkov / Shadows of Our Forgotten Ancestors (1965). All his subsequent films were infused with the spirit of folklore and ethnography: Sayat Nova, also known as Tsvet granata / The Colour of Pomegranates (1969), Legenda o Suramskoi kreposti / The Legend of Suram Fortress (1984), and Ashik Kerib (1988). In 1974, because of his heterodoxy, all his film projects were blocked and he was imprisoned on various trumped-up charges and released in 1978 only after an international protest campaign. Describing cinema as a "synthetic art", he developed Sergei Eisenstein's concepts, using colour, rhythm, music, dancing and montage to move away from plot-constrained structures.

Richard Taylor, Encyclopedia of European Cinema



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