Parajanov and the Greatest Films of All Time

The Greatest Films of All Time

The movies of Sergei Parajanov frequently turn up on various lists of the greatest films of the 20th century and of all time, along with Chaplin‘s City Lights, Orson Welles’ Citizen Kane, Fellini‘s La Dolce Vita, Antonioni‘s Blowup, Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai, Godard‘s Breathless, Hitchcock‘s Vertigo, Bunuel‘s Andalusian Dog, Tarkovsky‘s Mirror, Scorsese‘s Raging Bull, and Coppola‘s The Godfather.

The most notable of these lists were published by the prestigious French magazine Cahiers du Cinema, as well as the American magazine Movieline, Time Out, and the BFI British Film Institute’s magazine Sight and Sound, which listed both The Color of Pomegranates and Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors in their Top 250 films of all time here.

On that list, The Color of Pomegranates tied with Bergman’s Fanny and Alexander, Curtiz’s Casablanca, Stroheim’s Greed, and Peckinpah’s The Wild Bunch. Speaking of The Wild Bunch, Parajanov was also included by BFI’s Sight and Sound into the Wild Bunch of 50 Mad, Bad and Dangerous Directors along with Fellini, Lynch, Herzog, and von Trier here.


It is noteworthy that Peleshian’s Seasons which was filmed by Vartanov made BFI’s Sight and Sound Greatest Films list, and also their list of Greatest Documentaries of All Time (both the critics’ list and the filmmakers’ list).

Parajanov-Vartanov Institute

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