Armenian Film Director Frunze Dovlatyan Dies

YEREVAN (Hayastani Hanrapetutiun/Itar-Tass)–Frunze Dovlatyan–the eminent Armenian film director and actor–died Sunday. He was 70.

His name holds a prominent place in the history of Armenian cinematography of recent decades–especially the Soviet period.

The procession to his funeral began at the Aram Khachatourian Auditorium–where Dovlatyan’s body had been kept for viewing–Tuesday afternoon in the presence of officials including Levon Ter-Petrosyan–Babken Ararktsian and other members of the government.

Dovlatyan had been awarded the title of People’s Artist of the USSR–a laureate of the State Prize of the USSR–and had been elected a People’s Deputy of the USSR. For a n umber of years he had been Chief Producer at the Armenfilm studios.

Dovlatyan was born in Gavar (Nor Bayazet) in 1927. He studied in the Soviet Institute of Cinema (VGIK)–in the workshop of Sergey Gerasimov. Films such as "Hello–It’s Me" (1965)– "Saroyan Brothers" (1968)–"Chronicles of Yerevan days" (1972)– "Yerkunk" (1976)–"Let’s Live Longer" (1980)–"Lonely Walnut Tree" (1986)–and "Nostalgia" (1991) played an important role for the development of Armenian cinema.

Dovlatyan was also busy with numerous public activities. For many years–he was secretary of the Armenian Union of Cinematographists–head of the Armenfilm studio–head of the Cinematography Department at the Pedagogical Institute–Chairman of Board of the Tekeyan Cultural Association.

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