The movies of Sergei Parajanov frequently turn up on various lists of the
greatest films of the 20th century and of all
time, along with Orson Welles' Citizen Kane, Fellini's La Dolce Vita,
Antonioni's Blowup, Kurosawa's Seven Samurai,
Godard's Breathless, Hitchcock's Psycho,
Tarkovsky's Mirror, Scorsese's Raging Bull,
and Coppola's The Godfather.
The most notable of these lists were published by the prestigious French magazine Cahiers du Cinema, as well as the American magazine
Movieline, Time Out, and the BFI British Film Institute's magazine Sight and Sound, which listed both The Color of Pomegranates and
Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors in their Top 250 films of all time
On that list, The Color of Pomegranates tied with Bergman's Fanny and Alexander, Curtiz's Casablanca, Stroheim's Greed, and
Peckinpah's The Wild Bunch. Speaking of The WIld Bunch, Parajanov was also included by BFI's Sight and Sound into the Wild
Bunch of 50 Mad, Bad and Dangerous Directors along with
Fellini, Lynch, Herzog, and von Trier
It is noteworthy that Peleshian's Seasons which
was filmed by Vartanov made
BFI's Sight and Sound Greatest Films list, and also their list of Greatest Documentaries of All Time (both the critics'
list and the filmmakers'
Sergei Parajanov - Greatest films of all time - Top 10, Top 100, Top 250
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