Aware of the consequences of displeasing the Soviet censors,
who had shelved his first two films, Vartanov
documents one day in the life of
postal workers in Armenia, even narrates (himself!) for the first time.
Tigran Mansurian, who had scored Paradjanov's Sayat Nova
and worked with Vartanov on
The Color of Armenian Land (1968) and
Autumn Pastoral (1971), is again here.
What would have certainly become a boring Soviet propaganda in
the hands of most staff filmmakers at Armenfilm, became --
with Mansurian's simple score and Vartanov's charming voice-over
and unobtrusive direction -- a rare and unusually frank document of ordinary working class
people in Soviet Armenia.
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