Pepo (Armenian: Պեպո) is a 1935 Soviet drama film based on Gabriel Sundukyan's 1876 play of the same name, scripted and directed by Hamo Beknazarian, with music composed by Aram Khachaturian. Considered the 'most outstanding' film in Soviet cinema before the outbreak of World War II,[1] the film has gained international recognition and has come to represent Armenian culture abroad.[2]

USSR (Armenfilm) movie "Pepo" (Պեպո) title.
Directed byHamo Beknazarian
Armen Gulakyan
Written byHamo Beknazarian
StarringHrachia Nersisyan
Avet Avetisyan
Grigor Avetyan
Music byAram Khachaturian
CinematographyDmitri Feldman
Distributed byAmkino Corporation (1935) (USA) (subtitled)
Release date
9 October 1935
Running time
88 min.
CountrySoviet Union


Set in 19th century Tiflis, the film details the day-to-day life of a poor but honest Armenian fisherman Pepo (Hrachia Nersisyan) who opposes a cunning trader Arutin Kirakozovich Zimzimov (Avet Avetisyan), who has robbed the former by trickery.[3] The story comes to a conclusion of sorts when Pepo falls in love.[4]



  1. ^ Tatiana Egorova. Soviet Film Music (Contemporary Music Studies). (London: Routledge, 1997), p. 54
  2. ^ "Armenian cinema, 1935". Archived from the original on 27 September 2007. Retrieved 11 August 2007.
  3. ^ "Pepo (1935)". Retrieved 11 August 2007.
  4. ^ "Pepo:Synopsis". Retrieved 11 August 2007.[permanent dead link]

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