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Mikhail Vartanov (1937–2009)


Vartanov was blacklisted for his debut film, The Color of Land (1969), which starred two of his dissident friends, the cineaste Paradjanov and the modernist Minas, who would be imprisoned and assassinated in 1974 and 1975, respectively. 40 years later, that film was shown publicly for the first time at Busan Film Festival, which resurrected it ... See full bio »

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 1992 Parajanov: The Last Spring (Documentary)
 1989 In Rock Is My Soul (Documentary short)
 1989 Minas: A Requiem (Documentary short)
 1987 Erased Faces (Documentary short)
 1986 The Kite Day
 1985 Our Alexan (Documentary short) (as Mikhail Vardanov)
 1985 He Creates the Homeland (Documentary short) (as Mikhail Vardanov)
 1984 Carzou (Documentary short)
 1984 Resurrection (Documentary short) (as Mikhail Vardanov)
 1983 Aivazovsky and Armenia (Documentary short)
 1983 Roots (Documentary short) (as Mikhail Vardanov)
 1982 Heirs (Documentary short) (as Mikhail Vardanov)
 1979 The Mulberry Tree (Short)
 1977 William Saroyan: I Saw the Mighty Armenia (Documentary short)
 1975 Four Seasons (Documentary short)
 1973 Song of Eternity (Documentary short)
 1972 And So Every Day (Documentary short)
 1971 Autumn Pastoral (Short documentary)
 1969 Paradjanov: The Color of Armenian Land (Short documentary)
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1 Biographical Movie | 3 Print Biographies | 2 Portrayals | 12 Articles | 3 Pictorials | See more »


Alternate Names:

Mikael Vardanov | Mikhail Vardanov | Mikael Vartanov | Mischa Vartanov | Misha Vartanov
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Personal Quote:

Probably, besides the film language suggested by Griffith and Eisenstein, the world cinema has not discovered anything revolutionary new until (Paradjanov's) Color of Pomegranates. See more »

Trivia:

Best friend of the legendary Sergei Parajanov who considered Mikhail Vartanov to be the only authentic expert of his art and who was one of only a handful of Paradjanov's (many) friends to passionately campaign for his release from the Soviet prisons - their brave prison correspondence later became a chapter of Parajanov: The Last Spring (1992). See more »

Trademark:

Poetic documentaries, featuring brief or no narration, lensed with Russian 35mm Konvas cameras.

Nickname:

Eyemoman

Star Sign:

Pisces

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