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Sergei Parajanov

1924 - 1990

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Sergei Parajanov (Armenian: Սերգեյ Փարաջանով; Russian: Сергей Иосифович Параджанов; Georgian: სერგო ფარაჯანოვი; Ukrainian: Сергій Йосипович Параджанов; sometimes spelled Paradzhanov or Paradjanov; January 9, 1924 – July 20, 1990) was a Georgian film director of Armenian origin, 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 455,496 page views. His biography is available in 45 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 42 in 2019). Sergei Parajanov is the 82nd most popular film director (up from 83rd in 2019), the 16th most popular biography from Georgia (down from 12th 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 82 out of 1,581Before him are Robert Bresson, Dziga Vertov, Ernst Lubitsch, Dario Argento, Alan Parker, and David Lean. After him are Carl Theodor Dreyer, Alain Resnais, Zhang Yimou, Carlos Saura, Satyajit Ray, and René Clair.

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Among people born in 1924, Sergei Parajanov ranks 22Before him are Benoit Mandelbrot, Süleyman Demirel, Paul Feyerabend, Lauren Bacall, Ramiz Alia, and Maurice Jarre. After him are Henry Mancini, Mário Soares, Willard Boyle, Sidney Lumet, Georges Charpak, and Jovanka Broz. Among people deceased in 1990, Sergei Parajanov ranks 17Before him are Paulette Goddard, Sarah Vaughan, Friedrich Dürrenmatt, John Bowlby, Pavel Cherenkov, and Yun Posun. After him are Lê Đức Thọ, Keith Haring, Tunku Abdul Rahman, Miguel Muñoz, Robert Hofstadter, and Boris Shcherbina.

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Among people born in Georgia, Sergei Parajanov ranks 16 out of 342Before him are Nona Gaprindashvili (1941), Pyotr Bagration (1765), Tigran Petrosian (1929), David IV of Georgia (1073), Zviad Gamsakhurdia (1939), and Aleksei Brusilov (1853). After him are Niko Pirosmani (1862), Mikheil Saakashvili (1967), Sergo Ordzhonikidze (1886), Pharnavaz I of Iberia (-326), Sergei Witte (1849), and Sayat-Nova (1712).


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