Cinema and art of the legendary Sergei Parajanov influenced and inspired countless filmmakers and artists but this fact is not always acknowledged.

[This page from the early 2000s is being occasionally updated].

The most famous example (after Madonna’s Bedtime Story music video) is the 2020 song 911 by Lady Gaga.

                Lady Gaga inspired by Parajanov’s The Color of Pomegranates

The 2020 music video for the new Lady Gaga song 911 was inspired by  Parajanov‘s masterpiece The Color of Pomegranates.

For example, clearly influenced by Sergei Parajanov is an Iranian film GABBEH by Mohsen Makhmalbaf, which received “Two Thumbs Up” from Siskel & Ebert and played at the Cannes Film Festival.

The influence of both Sergei Parajanov and Andrei Tarkovsky is, less obviously, apparent in THE CELL with Jennifer Lopez by Indian filmmaker Tarsem Singh, which received an Oscar nomination. Tarsem Singh also made an MTV video “Sweet Lullaby” for Deep Forest in which he paid homage to scenes from several Paradjanov masterpieces. Tarsem Singh reportedly said “I showed Paradjanov to Kodak, and they said, `That’s not the kind of thing the new generation would like.’ Now, I get calls from ad agencies every week saying, `We want you to do another commercial just like this.'”

Academy Award-winning brothers Joel and Ethan Coen directed a TV commercial in 2002 for H & R Block which, in our opinion, was influenced by the famous scene with books from Sergei Parajanov’s masterpiece Sayat Nova.

Madonna’s Bedtime Story (MTV) video, directed by Mark Romanek, also paid homage to the cinema of Sergei Paradjanov. Romanek restaged many scenes from Sayat Nova or The Color of Pomegranates.

Juno Reactor’s God is God video is entirely edited from the footage of SAYAT NOVA.

Japanese musician Susumi Yokota has a song titled The Color of Pomegranate on her record The Boy and the Tree.

Brazilian fashion designer Alexandre Herchcovitch has created clothing inspired by Sergei Paradjanov. He showcased it during the Sao Paolo Fashion Week in January 2010. Paris-born Romanian filmmaker Michel Ionascu filmed Le Manifeste de L’Appoggiature that was inspired by Parajanov.

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