The Silence of Pelesjan (2011)

  • Pietro Marcello
  • 55min
  • Italy, Russia

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A unique tribute to the Armenian filmmaker Artavazd Pelešjan, Marcello juxtaposes excerpts from Pelešjan’s work—marked by the director’s signature approach to montage, a dynamic, rhythmically complex blend of original and archival footage inspired by the theories of Dziga Vertov—with stark black-and-white footage of Pelešjan in latter-day Moscow, leading a life of silence and seclusion. The result is a striking, heterogeneous portrait of a neglected genius, an iconoclast whose radical reimagining of cinematic form finds new expression through Marcello’s similarly radical documentary.


Pietro Marcello


Italian, Russian



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