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Tsvet armyanskoy zemli (1969)

Blacklisted for portraying his dissident friends Paradjanov and Minas, Vartanov had to wait 20 years to complete the trilogy with Minas: Rekviem (1989) and Parajanov: The Last Spring (1992)


Mikhail Vartanov


Mikhail Vartanov (created and written by), B. Sahakov


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Complete credited cast:
Sergei Parajanov ... Himself
Mikhail Vartanov ... Himself
Minas Avetisyan ... Himself, Painter (as Minas)
Sofiko Chiaureli ... Sayat Nova
Martiros Saryan Martiros Saryan ... Himself, Painter
Arto Tchakmakchian Arto Tchakmakchian ... Himself (as Arto Chakmakchyan)
Robert Elibekyan Robert Elibekyan ... Himself, Painter
Yervand Gojabashyan Yervand Gojabashyan ... Himself, Painter
Martin Petrosian Martin Petrosian ... Himself, Painter


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Armenian | Russian

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1969 (Soviet Union) See more »

Also Known As:

Haykakan hoghi guyne See more »

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1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


49 years after it was made, Criterion released Vartanov's The Color of Armenian Land in 2018 with Parajanov's restored Sayat Nova (The Color of Pomegranates). It was the first time ever that Vartanov's work became available on home video (this was preceded in 2012 by the film's first public screening in 43 years at the prestigious Busan International Film Festival's Parajanov/Vartanov retrospective). See more »


Followed by Parajanov: The Last Spring (1992) See more »

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