The Cinema of Sergei Parajanov

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The Cinema of Sergei Parajanov

The Cinema of Sergei Parajanov Sergei Parajanov flouted the rules of both filmmaking and society in the Soviet Union and paid a heavy personal price An ethnic Armenian in the multicultural atmosphere of Tbilisi Georgia he

  • Title: The Cinema of Sergei Parajanov
  • Author: JamesSteffen
  • ISBN: 9780299296544
  • Page: 403
  • Format: Paperback
  • Sergei Parajanov 1924 90 flouted the rules of both filmmaking and society in the Soviet Union and paid a heavy personal price An ethnic Armenian in the multicultural atmosphere of Tbilisi, Georgia, he was one of the most innovative directors of postwar Soviet cinema Parajanov succeeded in creating a small but marvelous body of work whose style embraces such diverse infSergei Parajanov 1924 90 flouted the rules of both filmmaking and society in the Soviet Union and paid a heavy personal price An ethnic Armenian in the multicultural atmosphere of Tbilisi, Georgia, he was one of the most innovative directors of postwar Soviet cinema Parajanov succeeded in creating a small but marvelous body of work whose style embraces such diverse influences as folk art, medieval miniature painting, early cinema, Russian and European art films, surrealism, and Armenian, Georgian, and Ukrainian cultural motifs The Cinema of Sergei Parajanov is the first English language book on the director s films and the most comprehensive study of his work James Steffen provides a detailed overview of Parajanov s artistic career his identity as an Armenian in Georgia and its impact on his aesthetics his early films in Ukraine his international breakthrough in 1964 with Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors his challenging 1969 masterpiece, The Color of Pomegranates, which was reedited against his wishes his unrealized projects in the 1970s and his eventual return to international prominence in the mid to late 1980s with The Legend of the Surami Fortress and Ashik Kerib Steffen also provides a rare, behind the scenes view of the Soviet film censorship process and tells the dramatic story of Parajanov s conflicts with the authorities, culminating in his 1973 77 arrest and imprisonment on charges related to homosexuality Ultimately, the figure of Parajanov offers a fascinating case study in the complicated dynamics of power, nationality, politics, ethnicity, sexuality, and culture in the republics of the former Soviet Union.

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    1. Patty on said:

      Parajanov's The Color of Pomegranates is my favorite film ever, I watched it earlier this year for the first time and have seen it probably a dozen times since, both with the original soundtrack and Nicolas Jaar's new score (which is so so good) - it's cliché-sounding but it really changed my thoughts about what a film could 'be'. Even on repeated viewings, it feels more consanguineous to my perspective(s)/existence, somehow, than any music or art or film I've found before. So, unsurprisingly, [...]

    2. Shant on said:

      Sergei Parajanov offers a fascinating case study in the complicated dynamics of power, nationality, politics, ethnicity, sexuality, and culture in the republics of the former Soviet Union. James Steffen is clearly enthusiastic about the subject of his book, but he wrote this book from a liberal perspective, and that unfortunately spoils his analysis of the Soviet Union.

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