Tony Rayns on Sergei Paradjanov Season

As the BFI Southbank presents a groundbreaking season devoted to the work of Sergei Paradjanov, writer Tony Rayns charts the extraordinary career of the Soviet Armenian filmmaker who was eventually imprisoned for his renowned feature The Colour of Pomegranates. Rayns examines the political atmosphere of the time and how, despite being faced with the restrictions of state mandate in his earlier work, the essence of the Paradjanov talent is still clearly discernible. Also discussed is the liberating influence of Russian auteur Andrei Tarkovsky, which helped develop his unique style and fascination with the colourful and bizarre.


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