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Re: Sergei Parajanov

#176 Post by Stefan Andersson » Wed Jul 10, 2019 2:41 pm

On Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors and the source novel:
https://scrapsfromtheloft.com/2019/07/0 ... -the-film/

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Re: Sergei Parajanov

#177 Post by ando » Wed Jul 10, 2019 6:45 pm

Stefan Andersson wrote:
Wed Jul 10, 2019 2:41 pm
On Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors and the source novel:
https://scrapsfromtheloft.com/2019/07/0 ... -the-film/
One I haven't seen in a while. Thanks.

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Re: Sergei Parajanov

#178 Post by quarksauce » Sun Aug 18, 2019 8:10 pm

@jsteffe
Does anyone know whether the viewability status of The Last Spring has changed since 2007? I am a tremendous admirer of Parajanov's and would like very much to view this film.

I am also interested to delve into Vartanov and his work, so any info on how to watch any of his films would be great.

New to the forum. Great community you have here, with many interesting threads and posters.

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Re: Sergei Parajanov

#179 Post by quarksauce » Wed Aug 21, 2019 1:07 pm

jsteffe wrote:
Thu Apr 15, 2010 2:06 pm
bother21, welcome to the club! I'm sorry that I wasn't able to travel to England to see the symposium and retrospective.

I know for a fact that Mikhail Vartanov's "The Last Spring" is not currently available on DVD, though I don't anything about future plans. The late director's son Martin has arranged a screening of the film at UCLA on Sunday, April 18 for those in the L.A. area.

You can view brief excerpts from the rushes in one of the documentaries in the 2-DVD set Paradzhanov's Code by Levon Grigorian. In my view the documentaries are all flawed to varying degrees, but the footage really is something else, and the outtakes look better here than anywhere else.


This is the specific post I was responding to in my question above.

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Re: Sergei Parajanov

#180 Post by Minkin » Sun Aug 25, 2019 4:12 pm

Here's a question from another forum I use. Hopefully it can be resolved here! Calling out to jsteffe for help:

(paraphrased from the other forum)

Khostovanank (The Confession, 1990) has always been a weird case. It's an unfinished project. It's supposed to be included in a documentary about Parajanov, but I've never been able to locate that doc. We found this tweet claiming this clip on Youtube is supposed to be all that has been shot of the film, rather than just being an excerpt.

If we could get some sort of confirmation that that Youtube clip is indeed the full (unfinished) film, that would be just ducky!

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Re: Sergei Parajanov

#181 Post by JonoQ » Mon Aug 26, 2019 9:45 am

No, there's definitely more footage than just that clip. I believe the full thing is supposed to be 8 or 9 minutes long - Jonathan Rosenbaum describes it as 8 minutes in this piece: https://www.jonathanrosenbaum.net/1996/ ... eam-storm/.

There's a documentary about Parajanov called I Died In Childhood (https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0424576/) which includes some of the extra footage - it's available on a certain torrent site. In the film, you see Parajanov screening dailies from "The Confession," including that same Youtube clip, plus some other material, including that image of the woman, boy, and sheep that's used as the header image for the film on Letterboxd. There's still only about 5-6 minutes of footage in that film, so I think there's still more out there.

In any case, I've heard that Vartanov's son is currently in the process of restoring "Parajanov: The Last Spring." We know he has a relationship with Criterion due to the extras on The Color of Pomegranates, so I wouldn't be surprised if The Last Spring shows up on a Criterion DVD at some point, maybe as an extra to another Parajanov film.

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Re: Sergei Parajanov

#182 Post by Minkin » Mon Aug 26, 2019 7:14 pm

JonoQ wrote:
Mon Aug 26, 2019 9:45 am
No, there's definitely more footage than just that clip. I believe the full thing is supposed to be 8 or 9 minutes long - Jonathan Rosenbaum describes it as 8 minutes in this piece: https://www.jonathanrosenbaum.net/1996/ ... eam-storm/.

There's a documentary about Parajanov called I Died In Childhood (https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0424576/) which includes some of the extra footage - it's available on a certain torrent site. In the film, you see Parajanov screening dailies from "The Confession," including that same Youtube clip, plus some other material, including that image of the woman, boy, and sheep that's used as the header image for the film on Letterboxd. There's still only about 5-6 minutes of footage in that film, so I think there's still more out there.

In any case, I've heard that Vartanov's son is currently in the process of restoring "Parajanov: The Last Spring." We know he has a relationship with Criterion due to the extras on The Color of Pomegranates, so I wouldn't be surprised if The Last Spring shows up on a Criterion DVD at some point, maybe as an extra to another Parajanov film.
Thank you for the info! This was super helpful.

I do wonder though, since 8mins is pretty close to 6mins - if there isn't any additional footage. But it would likely be prudent to wait until Last Spring becomes available.

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Re: Sergei Parajanov

#183 Post by JonoQ » Mon Aug 26, 2019 10:35 pm

Actually, I was wrong about one thing - I Died In Childhood does have some Confession footage, but I was thinking of Don Askarian's Paradjanov (or Paradzhanov), which has the footage of Sergei watching Confession dailies. I've been meaning to go through all these films to count up exactly how much Confession footage is out there.

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Re: Sergei Parajanov

#184 Post by jsteffe » Thu Dec 05, 2019 4:23 pm

The Kino Klassika Foundation in London has started an Indiegogo campaign to restore Parajanov's short film "Arabesques on the Theme of Pirosmani" in 4K from the original negative. This is truly exciting news, as it's an underrated work in Parajanov's canon. Until very recently, the negative was missing. The Polish company Fixafilm has done excellent work so far on two other shorts ("Kyiv Frescoes," in a brand new restoration, and "Hakob Hovnatanyan"). Daniel Bird is overseeing the restoration effort.

I will be donating signed copies of my book to support the campaign, and will contribute some funds outright as well.

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