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Parajanov: The Last Spring (1992)

Made in wartime and edited in candlelight, Mikhail Vartanov's rarely-seen masterpiece tells about his friendship with the genius Sergei Parajanov who was imprisoned by KGB "at the peak of ... See full summary »


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


Made in wartime and edited in candlelight, Mikhail Vartanov's rarely-seen masterpiece tells about his friendship with the genius Sergei Parajanov who was imprisoned by KGB "at the peak of his artistic power". Vartanov takes us back with the scenes from his censored 1969 film The Color of Armenian Land where Paradjanov is at work on his suppressed chef-d'oeuvre The Color of Pomegranates - widely regarded as one of the greatest films of all time - and contrasts it with the shocking request Parajanov sent him in unpublished 1974 letters from the Soviet prisons. Vartanov's camera documents Parajanov's striking last day at work in 1990 during the making of the unfinished Confession - the original camera negative of which survives in Parajanov: The Last Spring (1992) - as Parajanov comments on this cherished autobiographical work. A monumental wordless montage - the entire sixth reel - concludes Vartanov's acclaimed documentary, his final film, and his most important work, which, despite ... Written by PARAJANOV.com

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Exemplifies the power of art over any limitations - Francis Ford Coppola





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Release Date:

1 May 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Paradjanov: Den sista varen See more »

Filming Locations:

Armenia See more »

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Production Co:

Varda Nova Films See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Actress Sofiko Chiaureli, Jean Vigo's daughter (the film critic) Luce Vigo, and Jean Carzou's son (the author) Jean-Marie Carzou, attended a European screening of Parajanov: The Last Spring (1992) that was one of Mikhail Vartanov's last public appearances. See more »


Mikhail Vartanov: They imprisoned him at the height of his artistic powers
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Crazy Credits

Screenwriter Martiros Vartanov is credited as Martiros Vartaniantz, which is the name of his grandfather who was born in the 19th century and erased by KGB during World War II. See more »

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2003 US version released for Beverly Hills Film Festival See more »


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Shocking, amazing, beautiful!!!!!
5 October 2003 | by jeongkSee all my reviews

Someone wrote that nobody can describe Paradjanov because he was unique man and artist. I am in love with Paradjanov and I want write and describe his movies everyway even if is wrong. I was very happy to see Last Spring film because I understood life and movies of Paradjanov more greatly. I never see Confession by Paradjanov and I was sad to know he couldn't finish it. Last Spring is shocking, amazing, beautiful. Wow from Seoul!!!!!!!!!!

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