130 Great Directors: Sergei Parajanov

“You must torment people with your artistic delight, scaring mother and grandmother in the middle of the night.”


What Got This Director Here?
: Color of Pomegranates.

My Favorite Past Experience Was…: N/A.

What Did I Watch: Color of Pomegranates.

Where Does He Fit: The Color of Pomegranates is one of the most original pieces of cinema out there, because in some ways it is not. It is all about composing beautiful, static, moving images and letting them associate with each other as the soundscape of something undefinable seeps into our eyes and ears. It’s a most sensual film, letting us feel the sensation of the poet acquiring knowledge as a series of pages turning in the wind that surround him. It even has punchlines, like all the men slurping on their fruits simultaneously. You get everything you could want from this. Why ask for more?

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Most Valuable Asset: Color and space and framing.
Most Excited For: Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors.
Did They Deserve a Spot?: Yes.

Coming Up Next: Otto Preminger and his delirious noirs.

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