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Mikhail Vartanov (1937–2009)

Vartanov was blacklisted for his debut film, The Color of Land (1969), where he portrayed his dissident friends Parajanov (imprisoned in 1974) and Minas (assassinated in 1975). When Vartanov's artistic freedom was restored 20 years later, he responded with Minas: A Requiem (1989) and Parajanov: The Last Spring (1992), admired by Martin Scorsese, ... See full bio »

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Parajanov: The Last Spring Cinematographer
Erased Faces Cinematographer
In This Stone Is My Soul Cinematographer
Autumn Pastoral Cinematographer


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 1992 Parajanov: The Last Spring (Documentary)
 1989 In This Stone 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 M. Vartanov)
 1985 He Creates the Homeland (Documentary short) (as M. Vartanov)
 1984 Carzou (Documentary short)
 1983 Roots (Documentary short) (as M. Vartanov)
 1983 Aivazovsky and Armenia (Documentary short)
 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 (Documentary short)
 1969 Paradjanov: The Color of Armenian Land (Documentary short)
 1965 Men of the Dance (Documentary short)
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Personal Details

Publicity Listings:

1 Biographical Movie | 3 Print Biographies | 2 Portrayals | 14 Articles | 3 Pictorials | See more »

Alternate Names:

Mikael Vardanov | M. Vartanov | Mikael Vartanov | Mischa Vartanov | Misha Vartanov


Svetlana Vartanov  (his death)  (2 children)

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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 »


XVI century Condestable Palace in Pamplona, Spain, held a photography exhibition, I Will Wear Your Beret Papa, in his memory a month after his death. See more »


Deeply soulful poetic documentaries, featuring brief or no narration, lensed with Russian 35mm Konvas cameras.



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