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  • Paradjanov

    I visited his house-musem in Yerevan this summer, and he has some very intriguing abstractish art.

    One piece that caught my attention was a collage entitled "America through Lenin's eyes" and it had all US logos such as McDonalds, Exxon and so on, as well as pictures of the twin towers put upside down.

    Maybe he was a member of Al-Qaeda and knew about the whole thing!

    Here's the article, enjoy!

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    The Daily Star, Bangladesh
    Jan 10 2004

    Tribute to Paradjanov, painter of the celluloid

    Zahir Raihan Film Society screens three films to mark the 80th birth
    anniversary of filmmaker Sergei Paradjanov
    Sabbir Chowdhury

    The cinema, like heaven, has many mansions, and that occupied by
    Sergei Paradjanov is a very rich one indeed." - That is how film
    critic Liam O'Leary pays his tribute to this cinematic genius.
    Paradjanov is known as the painter of the celluloid for his rich
    visuals imbued with folk art and legends. He has rewritten the
    history of abstract cinema with his 'four' feature films he made
    during the period of 38 years.
    Due to the non-cooperation and oppression of the authority, he could
    only make four feature films from 1964 to 1988. He does not consider
    the films made before 1964 as 'proper films' in his standard. It was
    in 1964 that his name spread all over the world as a master filmmaker
    with the international release of his sublimely beautiful masterpiece
    Shadows of Our Forgotten Ancestors. It is a tragic love story that
    poetically recreated the folklore and traditions of a Carpathian
    village in Ukraine. It reveals a sensitive feeling for nature and
    landscape. It won many international awards and the whole world
    started looking towards him in appreciation.

    His 'second' feature The Colour of Pomegranates was made in 1969, but
    he was forced to abandon the editing. The film, however, was edited
    by another filmmaker, Sergei Yutkevich and was released in 1971. It
    is dedicated to the 18th century Armenian poet Arution Sayadian known
    as Sayat Nova. It uses excellently the traditionally picturesque
    Armenian places and landscapes. It also uses colourful Armenian
    costumes, robes and musical instruments to have a mystical and
    surrealistic effect.

    The Legend of the Suram Fortress was made in 1984. It is a series of
    episodes integrated in mood and feeling and characteristically poetic
    in approach.

    His last film Ashik Kerib (1988) is dedicated to Andrei Tarkovsky,
    the world renowned Russian filmmaker and tells the tale of Ashik, a
    Turkish minstrel and his frustrated love. The visuals are exquisitely
    breathtaking and his adherence to rich style typical of his films is
    very much visible.

    It is a pity that Paradjanov could not make more than 'four' feature
    films in his career. He was accused by the authority of having
    practised immoral activities and illegal trafficking of old and
    valuable antiques. He was sentenced to several years' imprisonment.
    But due to international protest, the authority had to release him
    from jail.

    Sergei Paradjanov was born on 9th January 1924 in Tiflis (Tbilisi),
    in the then Soviet Georgia. He studied music for four years
    (1942-45). Then, he went to Moscow Film Institute, from where he
    graduated in 1951. Moldavian Fairy Tale (1951) was his graduation
    filwm, though short in length. He had made several films before 1964,
    but disowns these films. Paradjanov died in Yerevan, Armenia, of
    cancer, on 20th July 1990.

    Zahir Raihan Film Society, in association with the Russian Cultural
    Centre in Dhaka, will screen three famous feature films made by
    Paradjanov and thus, will pay its tribute to this great filmmaker.
    These films will be screened at the auditoruim of the Russian
    Cultural Centre at Road No. 7, Dhanmondi as per schedule given below:

    Sunday, 11 January: A Chef in Love by Nana Djordjadze at 4:30 pm and
    The Colour of Pomegranates by Sergei Paradjanov at 6:30 pm.

    Monday, 12 January: The Legend of the Suram Fortress by Sergei
    Paradjanov at 5:00 pm and Ashik Kerib by Sergei Paradjanov at 6:30

    Sabbir Chowdhury, a film activist and critic, teaches in the
    department of English at Jahangirnagar University, Dhaka.

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    baron his art more symbolic than abstract.fantasy,emotions,and intuitive experience his fav subjects,as they sought to reject the rational visible in favour of mystery and imagination.HIs ""NRAN_GUYN"" is a visual equivalent to Sayat Novas poetry.This denial of material things also had its political implications...(he had been jailed by totalitarian regime).
    I'm a monstrous mass of vile, foul & corrupted matter.