Michelangelo Antonioni

Michelangelo Antonioni

“The Color of Pomegranates by Parajanov, in my opinion, one of the best contemporary film directors, strikes with its perfection of beauty”

— Michelangelo Antonioni

It’s clear that for Parajanov was delighted by such praise and responded by turning it into an artwork, just as with Federico Fellini‘s letter. Parajanov’s inscription below reads: “What said Mikel-angello Antonioni! why? about whom?”

PARAJANOV.com - Michelangelo Antonioni on Sergei Parajanov

PARAJANOV.com – Antonioni on Parajanov

After watching Michelangelo Antonioni’s L’Avventura at home in Hollywood with Papa, I found out that he was coming to Los Angeles. We went to LACMA and saw a documentary his wife Enrica directed about him, and then they brought Antonioni on stage. It was an immense experience. I photographed him, and Papa did too. Our encounter with him and his wife was brief, but their reaction to our gift to them, a copy of our film Parajanov: The Last Spring, will stay in my memory forever.

Martiros M. Vartanov


Parajanov-Vartanov Institute