okay so we are definitely watching the 'beginning' of something spectacular, in this case weird pictures of lots of Nazi's and piles of lifeless bodies, what the BEEP... we do not want to see this, yet, it's fascinating in a disturbing way. images of the horror in war time are flying in our eyes, it's ugly, but it's shown to us in an esthetically way. do we want to see this? people being destroyed like old machines... people running for their lives... people fighting in blurry images... we definitely don't want to see the graveyards, but Peleshian shows it all, without hiding anything. so why does he show the same images many times two or three times? because there are too many deaths to be shown on a short documentary like this? it's not much fun to watch, but after a while, the images of war disappear a bit and we see evolution in all of its phases. it's more relaxing that way. so why so much images of wartime again? maybe because Peleshian want us to realize war is never over, even when it's actually done. there's always war somewhere. that's my interpretation of Artavazd Peleshian's 'Beginning'. the movie is over before you get the message and that's a pity, it's worthwhile thinking about Peleshian's philosophy. a black screen is followed by the face of a child, which I interpret as innocence destroying hate. beautiful.
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