David Perlov, Israel Prize-winning Filmmaker, Dies at 73

Uri Klein
Uri Klein

David Perlov, Israel's most renowned film director, died yesterday at Tel Aviv's Ichilov Hospital at the age of 73. He had been hospitalized for several days.

Perlov was born in Brazil in 1930. In 1952 he moved to Paris, where he directed his first film, based entirely on drawings from an old children's book.

In 1958, Perlov emigrated to Israel and directed a series of short documentary films, including Jerusalem (1963), one of the most important films in the history of Israeli cinema. Perlov also directed two dramas, The Pill (1968), whose script was written by Nissim Aloni, and 42:6 (1969), a biography of David Ben Gurion. In 1973 Perlov started making his most important film, Diary, whose filming took 10 years. In that year Perlov joined the Tel Aviv University's cinema and television faculty, where he taught until four years ago.

Perlov was the first recipient of the Israel Prize for Cinema in 1999. His last film, a documentary titled Photos 1952-2002, was screened in the film festival in Jerusalem in July. In the movie, Perlov contemplates the meaning and nature of photography. The film displays photos taken by Perlov over the last 50 years, as well as photographs by artists he admired.

A few days before the last time he was hospitalized, the Rabinowitz Foundation approved the financing of a new film of his.

Perlov is survived by his wife Mira, two daughters Yael and Naomi, and grandchildren. He will be buried today at 3 P.M. in Kibbutz Einat.