Our Century

Artavazd Peleshian, born in 1938, is an Armenian filmmaker.  USSR: Yerevan Film Studio, 1982.  Cf. “One of the central motifs is the rhythm of the 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 countdown that leads up to the launch of the rockets.  Often, this rhythm dissolves into the sound of a heartbeat.  I assume one implication is that the pressure of our personal time running out as ‘our age,’ our physical age in years, increases, leads us to ‘launch’ projects that may seem beyond us.  As our time runs out, we want to transcend ‘our age’; and the nature of ‘our age’ is determined by the kinds of transcendent ‘launches’ we tend to instigate” (Scott MacDonald, A Critical Cinema: Interviews with Independent Filmmakers, University of California Press, 1998, p. 100).

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