Sergei Parajanov

1924 - 1990

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Serhii Parajanov (Armenian: Սերգեյ Փարաջանով; Russian: Серге́й Ио́сифович Параджа́нов; Georgian: სერგო ფარაჯანოვი; Ukrainian: Сергій Йо́сипович Параджа́нов; sometimes spelled Paradzhanov or Paradjanov; January 9, 1924 – July 20, 1990) was a Soviet Armenian film director, screenwriter and artist who made seminal contribution to world cinema with his films Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors and The Color of Pomegranates. Parajanov is regarded by film critics, film historians, and filmmakers to be one of the greatest and most influential filmmakers in cinema history.He invented his own cinematic style, which was out of step with the guiding principles of socialist realism; the only sanctioned art style in the USSR. This, combined with his lifestyle and behaviour, led Soviet authorities to repeatedly persecute and imprison him, and suppress his films. Despite this, Parajanov was named one of the 20 Film Directors of the Future by the Rotterdam International Film Festival, and his films were ranked among the greatest films of all time by the British Film Institute's magazine Sight & Sound.Although he started professional film-making in 1954, Parajanov later disowned all the films he made before 1965 as "garbage". After directing Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors (renamed Wild Horses of Fire for most foreign distributions) Parajanov became something of an international celebrity and simultaneously a target of attacks from the USSR. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Sergei Parajanov has received more than 386,706 page views. His biography is available in 42 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 39 in 2019). Sergei Parajanov is the 83rd most popular film director (up from 85th in 2019), the 12th most popular biography from Georgia (up from 13th in 2019) and the most popular Georgian Film Director.

Sergei Parajanov is most famous for his films, including Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors, The Color of Pomegranates, and The Legend of Suram Fortress.

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Among film directors, Sergei Parajanov ranks 83 out of 1,580Before him are Dario Argento, Costa-Gavras, Richard Attenborough, Dziga Vertov, William Hanna, and Jean-Jacques Annaud. After him are David Lean, David Cronenberg, Joel Schumacher, Carl Theodor Dreyer, Jim Jarmusch, and Oliver Stone.

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Among people born in 1924, Sergei Parajanov ranks 23Before him are Lauren Bacall, Paul Feyerabend, Ramiz Alia, Benny Hill, Maurice Jarre, and Henry Mancini. After him are Lys Assia, Sidney Lumet, Mário Soares, Ezer Weizman, Jovanka Broz, and Jin Yong. Among people deceased in 1990, Sergei Parajanov ranks 17Before him are Sarah Vaughan, Friedrich Dürrenmatt, Paulette Goddard, Pavel Cherenkov, John Bowlby, and Yun Posun. After him are Ilya Frank, Lê Đức Thọ, Boris Shcherbina, Miguel Muñoz, Tunku Abdul Rahman, and Keith Haring.

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Among people born in Georgia, Sergei Parajanov ranks 12 out of 292Before him are Shota Rustaveli (1172), Lavrentiy Beria (1899), Tamar of Georgia (1166), Tigran Petrosian (1929), Yakov Dzhugashvili (1907), and Aleksei Brusilov (1853). After him are David IV of Georgia (1073), Niko Pirosmani (1862), Zviad Gamsakhurdia (1939), Sayat-Nova (1712), Sergo Ordzhonikidze (1886), and Giya Kancheli (1935).


Among film directors born in Georgia, Sergei Parajanov ranks 1After him are Otar Iosseliani (1934), Tengiz Abuladze (1924), Rouben Mamoulian (1897), Mikhail Kalatozov (1903), Georgiy Daneliya (1930), Kote Marjanishvili (1872), Revaz Chkheidze (1926), Marlen Khutsiev (1925), Nana Jorjadze (1948), and Zaza Urushadze (1965).