The Cinema of Sergei Parajanov (Wisconsin Film Studies)

The Cinema of Sergei Parajanov (Wisconsin Film Studies)

James Steffen


Sergei Parajanov (1924-90) flouted the foundations of either filmmaking and society within the Soviet Union and paid a heavy own fee. An ethnic Armenian within the multicultural surroundings of Tbilisi, Georgia, he used to be essentially the most cutting edge administrators of postwar Soviet cinema. Parajanov succeeded in making a small yet excellent physique of labor whose variety embraces such various affects as folks artwork, medieval miniature portray, early cinema, Russian and ecu paintings movies, surrealism, and Armenian, Georgian, and Ukrainian cultural motifs. The Cinema of Sergei Parajanov is the 1st English-language publication at the director's movies and the main complete examine of his paintings. James Steffen presents an in depth review of Parajanov's creative profession: his id as an Armenian in Georgia and its influence on his aesthetics; his early movies in Ukraine; his overseas step forward in 1964 with Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors; his tough 1969 masterpiece, the colour of Pomegranates, which used to be reedited opposed to his needs; his unrealized tasks within the Seventies; and his eventual go back to overseas prominence within the mid-to-late Nineteen Eighties with The Legend of the Surami fort and Ashik-Kerib. Steffen additionally presents a unprecedented, behind-the-scenes view of the Soviet movie censorship approach and tells the dramatic tale of Parajanov's conflicts with the professionals, culminating in his 1973-77 arrest and imprisonment on fees on the topic of homosexuality. eventually, the determine of Parajanov deals a desirable case learn within the advanced dynamics of strength, nationality, politics, ethnicity, sexuality, and tradition within the republics of the previous Soviet Union.

Show sample text content

Download sample