Wednesday, 27 February 2019

Sergei Parajanov


Accessing many of Parajanov’s earliest films (as well as emerging Georgian cinema in general) is incredibly difficult and as a result I will add to this retrospective as time goes on and I can unearth works like The First Lady (1958), Ukrainian Rhapsody (1961) and the somewhat infamous Flower on the Stone (1962)- controversial given Parajanov was merely hired to complete the project after a former director with pitiful regard for safety on set facilitated the tragic death of Inna Burduchenko, a rising star. Ultimately, Parajanov dismissed every single film he made before 1965 as complete garbage and it is with his breakout feature- still sending shockwaves through high-art cinefan circles- that the artist seems to have almost divinely summoned his signature style. A Parajanov picture is an unmistakable beast of music, choreography and topographical whirlpools of image that suck you into some deeper subliminal narrative strand: Opaque, enrapturing and, in front of the right set of eyes, absolute magic…