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PARAJANOV HIMSELF

Price
Ä20.00
ISBN
9963-621-53-8
Pages
144
Binding
softbound with matt lamination
Illustration
85 colour plates
Dimensions
200x240mm

 

 

 


front cover

back cover

Parajanov himself is an absorbing 144-page portrait of Sergei Parajanov, one of the most colourful and revered figures in world cinema, and creator of the cult film The Colour of Pomegranates.  With 85 colour reproductions of Parajanovís compressed films, the book includes a candid interview with the artist.  The selection focuses on the man himself, revealing a lesser-known aspect of his life and work.  The transcribed interview with Parajanov was the basis of the documentary Parajanov: A Requiem and is accompanied by a bio/filmography.  A speech given by Parajanov is also included, along with notes that help to unravel the artistís imaginative and often idiosyncratic mixed language vocabulary.  

Despite high praise and numerous prestigious awards from the international filmmaking community, Parajanov was imprisoned by the communist regime for the surrealist fantasy in his work.  Directing was for him fundamentally the truth, as he perceived it, transformed into images and he believed directors are born, not trained.  During his long periods of imprisonment in Soviet jails, Parajanovís artistic energies and originality could not be hindered.  He created some 800 small-scale collages from drawings, cut-up photographs and found materials he would collect in prison.  One of the first books about the artist, Parajanov himself is an in-depth look at of one of the most extraordinary artistic figures of the 20th Century.

Published in 2005, Parajanov himself was designed by Herman Lelie and printed by Imprinta Ltd, Cyprus