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A Tribute to Documentary Filmmaker Mikhail Vartanov (1927-2009)

Screening of his final work Parajanov: The Last Spring (1992)

Sunday, April 18, 2010
3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
James Bridges Theater
Melnitz Hall
UCLA
Los Angeles, CA 90095

Film director, documentarian, cameraman, photographer, artist, Vartanov was a beloved and respected figure in the dissident circles of Soviet cinematography. A close friend and colleague of directors Sergey Parajanov, Artavazd Peleshyan, and Gennadi Melkonyan, of international repute, he directed “Color of Armenian Land” (1968) offering insights into Parajanov’s filming of his masterpiece “Color of Pomegranates” (1969), he shot Peleshyan’s moving natural pastoral “Seasons of the Year” (1975), and completed his film career with a trilogy of documentaries in English around the Post-Soviet transition, of which the final piece is “Parajanov: The Last Spring,” in which he presents his perspective on the director’s filming of his incomplete final film “Confession”.

Vartanov’s two sons, also active in film, will respond to the work at a Q&A session.


JohannaRomero, Center for Near Eastern Studies
(310) 825-1455
www.international.ucla.edu/cnes
cnes@international.ucla.edu

Sponsor(s): , UCLA Armenian Studies Program

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