The screenplay of the Autumn Pastoral (1971) was
written by Artavazd Peleshian for Armenfilm studio in Armenia.
Vartanov wrote the usual "director's scenario" and
composer Tigran Mansuryan improvised and recorded the score
on the spot by looking at the final cut of Autumn Pastoral, which,
like The Color of Armenian Land,
contains no dialogue. The film was shelved by
the censors who ruled that the "poorly dressed villagers were embarrassing."
Four years later Peleshian invited Vartanov to be the cinematographer of the
Seasons of the Year (1975). The authorities were displeased
(Vartanov had just been fired from the film studio for well-known reasons) but after many
petitions the shooting got approved at Armenia's TV studio.
Autumn Pastoral (1971)
and Seasons of the Year (1975)
explored the same theme of life of the shepherds in the mountains of Armenia.
The fascinating differences are that Peleshian chose black and white and applied
his editing method or "distance montage,"
while Vartanov selected color and his own method, the "direction of undirected action."