Has anyone else heard of this? I watched this six-hour film, which was said to be Israel’s best film, and was completely floored by it. A ten-year “home video” on David Perlov’s family, his country, his journeys around the world – basically it is a film diary. Intensely personal, I loved every bit of it.
bump. Must be a rare film.
Has anyone seen this?
I have seen In youtube some pieces of the David Perlov diary and I´m realy impressed. Where can I get more informations on David Perlov and his films?
where did you get it? I’ve been looking for it these past few months now.
Check out www.davidperlov.com which contains information on “Diary” as well as a DVD-set to purchase. As for the film, it´s no doubt one of the greatest documentaries I´ve seen in my life. Its personal approach reminds of Jonas Mekas, though “Diary” also brings into focus the political and societal changes in Israel during the 1970s and 80s and can thus be regarded as a very unique history lesson. Perlov managed to discover poetry in at times unexpected places, one of my favorite sequences takes place at a cemetery. The (cinematic) conversations with his daughters in Perlov´s flat are beautiful and intimate moments which heavily contrast with the protests and war actions he documented outside the building. The second half of “Diary” also becomes a fascinating travelogue, and Perlov for instance managed to shoot impressive footage in Paris and São Paulo (where he himself grew up). I highly recommend “Diary” as one one of the towering cinematic achivements in terms of documentary filmmaking.
Thanks, hopefully it’s available.
This sounds really interesting….but how long is this? I still have The Human Condition glaring at me at home; I haven’t seen any Lav Diaz films; Satantango, so I wouldn’t be thrilled if this were another “mini-series” movie.
In fact it is kind of a “mini-series” movie with a runtime of 330 minutes. One doesn´t need to watch it in one go though since the film gives account of a 10 year period and has many intervals.
Notes on the Cinema Stylographer: Diary 1973-1983 (Review)