Our Century

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    • Artavazd Pelechian
    • Armenia
    • 1990
    • 30 min
    • Artavazd Pelechian

    This staggering sequence of archive images presents the 20th century, which was drawing to a close when it first appeared, as an era shaped and driven by technological achievement. Pelechian intercuts shots of an expectant crowd as a rocket launches and the euphoric reception of the national heroes with scenes of horrific accidents involving manned spacecraft, airplanes, cars, and trains. The result is a mind-boggling anthology of humankind’s rises and falls.

    Humanity appears to be in a permanent a state of intense pressure in its relentless race to go ever higher, further, and faster—to become more powerful or, when it comes to waging war, more destructive. It’s a power that’s spinning out of control, illustrated by the juxtaposition of explosions on the solar surface serving as a visual metaphor but also placing it all within a cosmic perspective.

    Pelechian edited this condensed version of Our Century in 1990 from material he had presented eight years earlier in a 50-minute version.


    • 30 min
    • color
    • 35mm
    • Spoken languages: Russian
    Artavazd Pelechian
    Studio Telefilmov Jerevan
    O. Savin, L. Pogosjan, R. Voronov, A. Sjoemilov
    Artavazd Pelechian
    O. Polisonov

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