Parajanov 100

"I am a proponent of the idea that the artist's work comes first, not his personality. That's why I think that artists don't create the language of art, but that language creates artists, and then they just find it. Sergei Parajanov is himself a great work of cinematic language. (...) The language of film exists in itself and the author of the work is only its servant. And Paradzhanov was a servant more faithful and talented than any other. If somewhere there is a temple of cinema in which we can find representation, light and reality, then Parajanov is both the master and the custodian of this temple."

Jean-Luc Godard

(in the documentary Parajanov - The Last Spring / 1992, directed by Mikhail Vartanov)