Sergei Parajanov. Photo by Yuri Mechitov
The Color of Pomegranates (1968)
Sergei Parajanov's film The Color of Pomegranates (1969) is Paradjanov's baroque masterpiece was banned in the Soviet Union for its religious sentiment and nonconformity to "Socialist realism"; its Tbilisi - Georgia born film director, a tirelessly outspoken campaigner for human rights, was convicted on a number of trumped-up charges and sentenced to five years of hard labor in the gulag. A wave of protest from the international film community led to his release in 1978. Aesthetically the most extreme film ever made in the U.S.S.R, Pomegranates, his hallucinatory epic account of the life of the 18th Century Georgia born Armenian national poet, Sayat Nova, conveys the glory of what a cinema of high art can be like, The Color of Pomegranates is part of Georgian cinematography.
The New Yorker. The color of pomegranates
Sergei Parajanov's film The Color of Pomegranates (1969)
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Allen Ginsberg at the home of Sergei Parajanov in Tbilisi, Georgia , Photo by Yuri Mechitov
Andrej Tarkovskij & Sergei Parajanov on the opening of Alim Ridginashvili exhibition - Yuri Mechitov (Tbilisi, 1981)
Sergei Parajanov & Andrei Tarkovsky