YEREVAN (Mazda Publishers)—Siranush Galstyan’s book Cinema of Armenia: An Overview has been published. This book is the first English language study of Armenian cinema. It is divided into twelve chapters, followed by an appendix on animation.
While writing the book, the author has tried not to omit any important or significant film or filmmaker. Throughout the book Galstyan dives into actors and their performances as well as the camera operators’ work and the films’ music. As in art history, it is even more so in film history that the content of films is closely connected or even inseparable from the history of the country of production. Therefore, the author sometimes draws brief parallels to decisive and important events in Armenia. It is said that the details and explanations in the book make national nuances of the films become perceptible.
The author discusses in the book the formation and development of Armenian film history in the context of Soviet cinema, and in some cases, as for example Beknazaryan’s, Parajanov’s, and Peleshyan’s films, she explores their original film language and their distinctive style in the context of world cinema.
Although the book is from a modern perspective, the author has often given quotations from articles and books from the distant and recent history, thus relating past assessments to present views.