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Parajanov: The Last Spring (1992)

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Himself - Maestro
Sofiko Chiaureli ...
Mother in 'The Confession'
Yuri Mgoyan ...
Relative in 'The Confession'
Aleksandr Kaydanovskiy ...
Himself, Tarkovsky's actor
Leila Alibegashvilli ...
Herself, Parajanov's actress
Suren Shakhbazyan ...
Himself, DP of Sayat Nova
Suren Parajanov ...
Himself (as Suren Paradjanov)
Svetlana Paradjanov ...
Herself (as Svetlana Paradjanova)
Irakli Kvirikadze ...
Gaiane Khachaturian ...
Herself, Painter (as Gayane Khachatryan)
Rezo Chkheidze ...
Himself, Writer
Silva Kaputikyan ...
Herself, Poet
Bella Akhmadulina ...
Herself, Poet


Mikhail Vartanov's influential documentary about the imprisoned genius Sergei Parajanov who was persecuted "during the height of his artistic power," for his unruly life style and non-conformist masterpieces -- "The Color of Pomegranates" and "Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors" -- hailed as some of the greatest motion pictures of the 20th century. Made in a blockaded, war-torn Armenia, under the prohibitive conditions of only one hour daily limit of electricity, Parajanov: The Last Spring (1992) caused a sensation at its premieres in Russia and Armenia and influenced numerous future books, writings, and films. After the premiere in Russia, Tonino Guerra, the screenwriter of Federico Fellini and Michelangelo Antonioni, wrote: Mikhail Vartanov's film, Parajanov: The Last Spring (1992), about the last days of our great Parajanov, excited and filled me with the strength to resume the way of the magnificent tale that the Maestro had taken. In Parajanov: The Last Spring (1992), Mikhail Vartanov... Written by

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Final installment in Mikhail Vartanov's documentary trilogy, which also includes "Erased Faces" (Erased Faces (1987)) and Minas: A Requiem (1989) See more »


Mikhail Vartanov: They imprisoned him at the height of his artistic powers
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Screenwriter Martin Vartanov is credited as Martiros Vartanianz, which is the name of his grandfather born in the 19th century. See more »


Features Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors (1964) See more »

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One of the greatest documentary films
26 April 2003 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

I saw this film many years ago in Sweden. I was really moved by it and my girlfriend was crying when it ended. Everyone stood up and applauded. We didn't know about Sergei Paradjanov before that but later watched many of his films. My favourite part is the famous montage at the end and also when they show him shooting The Colour of Pomegranates. The prison part is just really excellent also. I think Last Spring documentary is one of greatest documentaries I have seen, my other favourites are the Man with Movie Camera by Vertov, Nanook by Flaherty, controversial Olympia by Riefenstahl, and Sorrow and Pity by Marcel Ophüls.

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