Lady Gaga in her last music video for the song 911 referenced two movies for the Georgian-Armenian director Sergei Parajanov.
Who is Sergei Parajanov?
He’s a director from the Soviet union, whose films identify as poetic and artistic. His movies rely a lot on custom design, make up, art direction, music, and especially, expressive theatrical acting. His cinema is unique and hard to mimic. His films are triply, creepy, and you might find them boring. But, that won’t change the fact that he’s “Genius.” as Parajanov describes himself. And Gaga through her music video 911 just replied to this by: “I’m beyond genius.”
Some Facts about Parajanov:
He’s a good friend of Tarkovsky and many well-known and great directors from the Soviet Union.
He has only few films less than 7.
He got arrested for about five years because he used to switch genders in his movies. For example: giving a boy role to a female actress to play and vice versa which used to be seen as blasphemy in God and in the Catholic Church.
There’s also many rumors about him being bisexual.
Lady Gaga referred to Color of Pomegranates (1969) which is his most famous film, and Ashik Kerib (1988.) Another great film by him would be the Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors (1965) which is more audience friendly than the other two.