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

—Michelangelo Antonioni

Mikhail Vartanov’s film Parajanov: The Last Spring…was created under prohibitive conditions and yet exemplifies the power of art over any limitations.

—Francis Ford Coppola

With the death of Parajanov, cinema lost one of its magicians. Parajanov’s fantasy will forever fascinate and bring joy to the people of the world…

—Federico Fellini

—Tonino Guerra

—Giulietta Masina

—Francesco Rosi

—Alberto Moravia

—Marcello Mastroianni

—Bernardo Bertolucci

In the temple of cinema there are images, light and reality. Sergei Paradjanov was the master of that temple…

—Jean-Luc Godard

Always with huge gratitude and pleasure I remember the films of Sergei Parajanov, which I love very much. His way of thinking, his paradoxical poetical… ability to love the beauty and ability to be absolutely free within his own vision.

—Andrei Tarkovsky

Probably, besides the film language suggested by Griffith and Eisenstein… cinema has not discovered anything revolutionarily new until (Parajanov’s) “Color of Pomegranates”

—Mikhail Vartanov

Vartanov… brother-in-arts…You possess everything an artist needs – mind, kindness, principles, freedom. Create… Perhaps, you’re the only friend, who compels me to live.

—Sergei Paradjanov

Mikhail Vartanov…made a wonderful film Parajanov: The Last Spring…

—Martin Scorsese

Vartanov’s film, Parajanov: The Last Spring, about the last days of our great Parajanov, excited and filled me with the strength to resume the way of the magnificent tale that the Maestro had taken.

—Tonino Guerra

“My dear friend (Vartanov)…should you like the (screenplay) “Desert,” together we could make a masterpiece…”

—Artavazd Peleshian

“We have to ensure that the work of seminal artists like Vartanov is preserved…his films…made under the harshest conditions…are crucial to the important heritage of world cinema.”

— Agnieszka Holland

“Vartanov…the Eyemoman…”

—William Saroyan — a widely quoted website — was thought up in 1995 at San Francisco Film Festival, then concieved in 1999 in Hollywood, and born in 2001 to unite the fans, friends and family of the legendary director and artist Sergei Paradjanov (1924-1990).
The website strives to correct the inaccurate information on Paradjanov in media: tries to ensure that all things Paradjanov are presented in the most respectful manner; has publicized and stopped the sale of what our experts believed were forged Parajanov artworks; and over the years has been successful in its goal of familiarizing the world more closely with the art of this great master. In 2010, the continuation of this work has been ensured by the foundation of the Parajanov-Vartanov Institute.

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