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Diary 1973-77 (Part 1)

David Perlov
Yoman 1973-77 (Part 1)
Israel 1973-1977 / 52’

May 1973, I am buying a camera. I want to start filming by myself and for myself. Professional cinema no longer interests me. With these words, David Perlov begins his epic film diary shot over the course of more than 30 years, a work that is now recognized as one of the most important Israeli documentaries. Contrary to many film diarists who focus on a discussion of their own spiritual ups and downs, Perlov talks about the world around him: he begins with his family home, his wife and daughters. Looking out from his balcony, he records street life in Tel Aviv and then in other cities in which he lived. He also does not shy away from politics: the Yom Kippur War invades his domestic life, and fragments of television news programs make it into his diary. After all, a television screen is also a window on the world. One might think that Perlov's Diary, in which his private experiences are interwoven with historical events of the time, is just one of many documents of his era. Nothing could be further from the truth. This is a rarely seen example of a dynamic self-portrait in which the artist is described through his relationships with people and the world and not through self-analysis.

Ewa Szabłowska

David Perlov

Born in Brazil, David Perlov (1930-2003) was an experimental director, documentary filmmaker, and writer. At the age of 22, he left for Paris, where he spent several years working as a film projectionist at the Cinémathèque Française. In 1958, he emigrated to Israel, where he first settled at the Bror Hayil kibbutz, before moving to Tel Aviv, where he attended film school. His Diary is recognized as one of the most outstanding examples of autobiographical cinema.

Selected filmography

1963 B’Yerushalaim

1970 42:6 – Ben Gurion 

1972 Ha- Glula 

1977 Biba 

1983 Yoman 

1993 Tel Katzir

1995 Opera Hadasha   

Cast & Crew

director David Perlov
screenplay David Perlov
cinematography David Perlov
editing Yael Perlov, Shalev Vayness
sound David Perlov
cast David Perlov, Mira Perlov, Noemi Perlov, Yael Perlov
producer Mira Perlov
production Perlov Productions 4 Shaul Hamelech
sales Re:voir
colouration colour & b&w