“Probably, besides the film language suggested by Griffith and Eisenstein, the world cinema has not discovered anything revolutionary new until (Paradjanov’s) The Color of Pomegranates.” –MIKHAIL VARTANOV

Sergei Eisenstein, the creator of the silent masterpieces The Battleship Potemkin (written by Nina Agadjanova Shutko), was one of the founders of the world’s oldest film school, the Moscow Film Institute (VGIK), where both Sergei Parajanov and Mikhail Vartanov studied.


Here’s an portrait of Eisenstein by the great Armenian painter Martiros Saryan, who was last filmed by Vartanov in his suppressed 1969 debut The Color of Armenian Land, which also featured Parajanov and Minas Avetisyan (for the first time).


Parajanov-Vartanov Institute