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11.13.2013 | | Posted at 12:34 PM

The cinema of Soviet director Sergei Parajanov

By David Luhrssen
  Most filmmakers are prosaic, telling stories in straightforward cinematic language. Every now and then a poet emerges, creating vivid images that convey a deeper reality through the medium of moviemaking. Sergei Parajanov was among the poets, and was responsible for several startling films under the Soviet system. As James Steffen points out in The Cinema of Sergei Paraj...
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Soviet-era surrealism

Sergei Parajanov was less interested in telling stories than plunging the viewer into the world, the consciousness, of his protagonists. The Soviet Armenian director paid a high price for the persistence of his vision. Hounded by censors and jailed repeatedly, Parajanov managed nonetheless to complete nearly a dozen films before his death in 1990. The international acclaim he earned on the film festival circuit in the 1960s and ’70s prevented the Communist authorities from doing their worst.