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first Chechnya-born filmmaker, Russian Academy Award recipient, [[ Armenia]] n master documentarian [[ Mikael Vardanov]] ( Mikhail Vartanov), became the youngest professional photographer in Grozny then graduated [[ Europe]] 's oldest film school [[( VGIK)]] in Moscow. His diploma film " Monologue of the Mask" (1966) won Dakar's Golden Antelope Award in a tie with the great Alain Resnais. |+|
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|−|Best known for decades only for his exquisite cinematography in Artavazd Peleshian' s black and white classic "The Seasons" (1975) and the world famous behind-the-scenes episodes of Sergei Parajanov' s landmark film "Sayat Nova" (1968) -- Vardanov spent 20 years on [[KGB]] 's blacklist for his debut documentary "The Color of Armenian Soil" (1969). |+|
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|−|This dark period of frequent unemployment and rejected screenplays was highlighted by only a few events which, under the circumstances, were remarkable: in 1973 Vardanov was named Cinematographer of the Year at the Sixth Annual [[ USSR Film Festival]]; in 1979 he co-wrote, supervised and lensed Gennadi Melkonian's debut "Shelkovitsa" which became one of the most popular Soviet comedies; and in March of 1986 Vardanov 's work appeared on the pages of the prestigious [[Cahiers du Cinéma]] in [[Paris]]. |+|
|−|In 1987 and 1989 Vardanov completed the first 2 films of the anti-KGB trilogy "Erased Faces" and Minas: Rekviem. In 1992 his poetic masterpiece, the influential documentary [[Parajanov: The Last Spring]] received the county's highest honor, [[Russian Academy of Cinema Arts]] Award, then screened to standing ovations of tearful audiences worldwide. After garnering the praise of the critics, such legends as Allen Ginsberg and Tonino Guerra, and top awards in [[San Francisco] ] and [[Beverly Hills]], Mikhail Vardanov disappeared in [[Hollywood]] where he conducts cinematography and photography experiments. | |
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|−|*[http://www.parajanov.com parajanov.com] | |
Latest revision as of 23:17, 24 March 2007
Mikhail Vartanov (Russian: Михаил Вартанов) was born February 21, 1937 to Armenian parents in RSFSR, Chechnya, now Russian Federation. Graduated from Russian state film school VGIK in 1966. Began his documentary oeuvre with the wordless The Color of Armenian Land (1969) featuring the world famous behind-the-scenes episodes of Sergei Parajanov's landmark Sayat Nova (1968). Vartanov's correspondence with the imprisoned Parajanov and the outspoken criticism of Armenia's corrupt film industry resulted in a blacklist shortly thereafter. Vartanov's films and screenplays were suppressed, unmentioned by press and blocked from submission to foreign film festivals. In those years, Vartanov exquisitely lensed Artavazd Peleshian's classic Seasons of the Year (1975) and Gennadi Melkonian's hit The Mulberry Tree (1979). In the 1980s, Vartanov's writings were translated into several languages and published worldwide including the prestigeous Cahiers du Cinéma in Paris. During the collapse of the Soviet Union, Vartanov directed the trilogy Erased Faces (1987), Minas: A Requiem (1989) and his masterpiece Parajanov: The Last Spring (1992). The following decade, Vartanov spent conducting film and photo experiments in his Hollywood apartment to be seen in Erased Faces II by Martin Vartanov with whom he is producing Evrika, a film based on the method they call "direction of undirected action." Vartanov's films produced from 1960s to 1989 have not been shown to the general public and still remain in the archives in Armenia.