At the age of 22, he moved to Paris and worked as a projectionist for the newly established Cinematheque.
In 1957, he made his first short film, Tante chinoise (Old Aunt China), based on drawings of a 12-year old girl of the French provincial bourgeoisie of 1890 which he found in the cellar of the Paris house in which he was living.
Although Perlov made two feature films by 1972 (The Pill and 42:6), his film proposals were repeatedly rejected by the Israel Broadcasting Authority and Israeli film board, which found his work too lyrical. In early 1973, Perlov bought a 16 mm camera and filmed his everyday life alongside dramatic events that took place in Israel at the time. He continued for 10 years until Channel 4 of British television expressed an interest in the project in 1983. The result was Perlov's work Yoman (יומן, diary).
From 1973 Perlov taught in the department of film and television at Tel Aviv University.
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