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Sergei Parajanov
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Sarkis Hovsepi Parajaniants

(1924-01-09)January 9, 1924
Died July 20, 1990(1990-07-20) (aged 66)
Resting place Komitas Pantheon, Yerevan
Occupation Director, screenwriter, art director, production designer
Years active 1951–1990
Notable work
  • The Color of Pomegranates (1969)
  • Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors (1964)
Spouse(s) Nigyar Kerimova (1950–1951)
Svetlana Tscherbatiuk (1956–1962)
Children Suren Parajanov (1958–)

Sergei Parajanov (January 9, 1924July 20 1990), is considered by many to be one of the most original and critically-acclaimed filmmakers of the 20th century. His work reflected the ethnic diversity of the Caucasus where he was raised.

He was born to Armenian parents Iosif Paradjanyan and Siranush Bejanyan, in Tbilisi, Georgia. In 1945, Parajanov traveled to Moscow, enrolled in the directing department at VGIK, one of the oldest and highly respected film schools of Europe, and studied under the tutelage of directors Igor Savchenko and Aleksandr Dovzhenko.


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