29 January 2012, Sunday, 15:00
Namus, directed by Amo-Bek Nazarian, is accepted as the first feature film of the Armenian Cinema and it has been adapted from the work of one of the most important names of the Armenian literature; Alexandr Shirvanzade’s novel of the same name.
Interior shots were taken in Tiflis-Georgia and exterior shots were taken in Yerevan-Armenia in 1925. The premiere took place in Yerevan’s Nairi Movie Theater on April 13th, 1926.
“It was very hard to decide on a theme for this particular movie which would be the first example of the Armenian Cinema. The most common literary works were about national independence and the subjects were not up-to-date in that time. Eventually, my choice was to portray everyday life and to describe the cruel traditions in the world of small bourgeoisie. The impact of terrible traditions that still exist in countryside of Armenia is narrated in a manner of highlighting the contrast by Armenian novelist Shirvanzade. This novel is a priceless treasure of the Armenian literature and will always preserve its significance.” (Amo-Bek Nazarian, 1926)