Reviews

A first edition of this catalogue of Armenian cinema was published in 1999 with the support of the Open Society Institute / Armenia. This completed and refreshed second edition provides information on the cinematographic production of Armenia since its birth in the early 1920s. With and introduction on the history of Armenian cinema by Suren Hasmikyan, this catalogue of over 2,300 titles is organised by types of films and years of production, and offers two convenient indexes (filmmakers and films). It is a useful tool for historians of cinema as well as of Armenia and the Soviet and post-Soviet periods. This inventory shows the importance of local production under the auspices of some reputed filmmakers like Hamo Bek-Nazarov, a pioneer in the creation of Caucasian and Central Asian cinema, Sergey Paradjanov, Ardavazd Peleshyan, Henrik Malyan. The establishment of the Golden Apricot international film festival in Yerevan in 2004 and its growing success recalls of the participation of Armenians both of the homeland and of the diaspora in world cinematographic history, illustrated by American Tiflis-born filmmaker Rouben Mamoulian, Canadian Atom Egoyan, and Frenchmen Henri Verneuil, Robert Guediguian, Serge Avetikian, etc.

Claire Mouradian, National Centre for Scientific Research, Paris
CER: II-3.3.D-232