Retro

How Stalin Met the Armenian Titan

How Stalin Met the Armenian Titan

Sergo appears on the arena and starts his speech. Dead silence in the hall. Then, walls of the building shake from applauses and exclamations. People were hugging one another and crying, victorious “hurrah!” was heard everywhere. The promise was kept.

“You Want to Make me Speak? No way!” Artavazd Pelechian

“You Want to Make me Speak? No way!” Artavazd Pelechian

Turns out, keeping silent is a principle for Peleshyan, a promise, which he has never betrayed. He gave his word to be silent to Leonid Kristi, his master in Moscow at VGIK (Russian state University of Cinematography), about whom maestro speaks of with special tenderness and feeling of gratitude, and in the studio of whom he studied directing in the period of 1963-1967.

A.Khachatryan and E.Hemingway: Single Meeting

A.Khachatryan and E.Hemingway: Single Meeting

Aram Ilich’s childish sincerity was worth recognizing, to understand, that it wasn’t an artist’s coquetry, but quite a natural reaction: “How come? A Nobel Prize winner, approximately a divine creature, and I’m maestro from him?”

“Shahane You My Shahane…” Who was Yesenin’s Love Shahane Talyan?

“Shahane You My Shahane…” Who was Yesenin’s Love Shahane Talyan?

Yesenin was kind and conscientious. At those time homeless children were quite many, and he never ignored any of them—he was stopping them, asking where did they come from, how they lived, and was giving money. At those moments he was remembering his childhood. Once, noticing homeless boys, Yesenin said: “Look Shahane, you can see Pushkin, Lermontov, and me there.”

And Antonioni Demanded a Helicopter in Yerevan…

And Antonioni Demanded a Helicopter in Yerevan…

Very little is known of Michelangelo Antonioni’s visit, famous Italian film director, to Armenia in 1976. Reasons are quite numerous. Firstly, the visit was short, then it didn’t serve its purpose-the program remained unaccomplished, and finally, according to some sources, Antonioni left Armenia not with high mood and impressions.