"May 1973, I buy a camera. I want to start filming, by myself and for myself. Professional cinema does no longer attract me. To look for something else. I want to approach the everyday. Above all in anonymity. It takes time to learn how to do it.”

– David Perlov

"Perlov had worked in Paris with the great documentarist, Joris Ivens, and [he] brought to Israeli film the personal, experimental tradition of the documentary cinema…At the center of Perlov’s work is the gaze:…the gaze through the window of Perlov’s house, which gave rise to his most important work, and the most important film in the history of Israeli cinema, DIARY; the gaze…as his twin daughters Yael and Naomi, peering at themselves in the mirror before they enter the army and when they return home for their first leave, now in uniform; his gaze at the surroundings close to his home in Tel Aviv, and his recurring gaze at Paris, where he spent a few years in the 1950s, and at Sao Paolo, the city in which he grew up, in his native land, Brazil…

Over the years, through the totality of his work, David Perlov’s gaze became our gaze; and this place, this house, where he made his films, became our house, the house to which we return anew whenever we watch DIARY

This was the genesis of the six chapters of DIARY, each an hour long, which were filmed in the course of the decade that followed. There is no other Israeli work of cinema that has intertwined the private and the public in this manner; that has gazed in this way at the Israeli reality; that has attested with such power the control over the possibilities that the art of cinema offers the local filmmaker…

Perlov, more than any other filmmaker, demarcated the boundaries of Israeli cinema and defined its goals. As he did so, he produced a richly beautiful oeuvre, marvelously lucid and charged with rare emotional power. He was able to transform the biography of the self into the biography of the other, and to transmute his self-portrait into the portrait of the viewer.  His cinema, then, is the identity card of us all.”

– Uri Klein, “The View from Perlov”, Haaretz



Format: DVD-PAL / Region 0
(No Regional Code)


(Israel, 1973-1983)

Director: David Perlov

• 312 minutes
• 16mm
• Color
• Sound


Bonus Material

MY STILLS 1952/2002
(Israel, 1952-2002)

Director: David Perlov

• 58 minutes
• Video
• Color
• Sound


Total Running Time: 06:10:00 (7 Discs)

Language: English and Hebrew. English, French, Italian, German Spanish & Hebrew subtitles.

Booklet Text: Nathan Zach, Ariel Schweitzer, Uri Klein, Irma Klein, David Perlov, Talya Halkin & Dominique Bluher (Bilingual English, Hebrew & French)

Published By: Re:Voir Video

Institutional Price: $800 (plus shipping)

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