With a playful associative montage, Parajanov offers an overview of portrait paintings by Hakob Hovnatanyan, the ‘Raphael of Tiflis’. Combining sights and sounds from both Hovnatanyan’s paintings and 19th century Tbilisi, Parajanov’s short documentary can be seen as a direct precursor to The Colour of Pomegranates (1969), his masterpiece.

The other films shown within A Parajanov Triptych

Filmmaker
Sergei Parajanov
Country
Armenia
Year
1967
Medium
DCP
Length
10’
Language
French, Armenian
Production Company
Hayk Studio, Yerevan Documentary Film Studio
Sales
National Cinema Center of Armenia
Writer
Sergei Parajanov
Cinematography
Karen Mesyan
Sound Design
Yuri Sayadyan
Music
Stepan Shakaryan