Aram A. Avakian (April 23, 1926 in New York City – January 17, 1987) was an American film editor and director. Directed ground-breaking indie film End of the Road.
Aram “Al” Avakian was born in Manhattan, New York, in 1926, of Armenian parents from Iran and Soviet Georgia. He graduated Horace Mann School and Yale University before serving as a Naval officer on an aircraft carrier in the Pacific. On the GI Bill after the war he went to France where he attended the Sorbonne. There he was part of a tight group of young friends who defined the American literary movement of 1950’s Paris, including Terry Southern, William Styron, John P. Marquand Jr., and George Plimpton. In 1953, Avakian returned to the United States and apprenticed under Gjon Mili who got him started in documentary editing. In his spare time Avakian took still photographs of the legendary jazz sessions his brother the jazz producer George Avakian recorded. From 1955 to 1958, Avakian was the editor of Edward… read more
For a caper movie no one seems to have seen, this one's silly and fairly entertaining. Charles Grodin is an implausible jewel thief. Candice Bergen is a terrible actress. But the caper is ingenious (involving hand-painted cockroaches and chocolate cake!), and the ending car chase is terrific fun.