Iran: A Cinematographic Revolution (2007)
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Critic Reviews for Iran: A Cinematographic Revolution
Using a range of sources, Homayoun provides convincing evidence that Iran's success at international film festivals has been no accident
It's amazing that Iranian film exists at all. But the country's film artists have not only endured, they have, over time, created a world-class cinema whose sensitive and often progressive aesthetic has been produced under duress.
A rounded and robust overview of Iranian cinema and its shifting relationship to the political and religious tides in that country's history and culture.
Valuable for those who want to learn more about this unique corner of global cinema.
Audience Reviews for Iran: A Cinematographic Revolution
[font=Century Gothic]"Iran: A Cinematographic Revolution" is a fascinating documentary about the history of Iranian filmmaking, starting with "The Cinema Actor" in 1933. Of special interest are the movies made during the reign of the Shah and the current Islamic Republic and how the directors have dealt with censorship under the two regimes. Strangely enough, the movie treats the current repression kinder(which is ironic considering movie houses were burned when they first came to power), as former government ministers are interviewed along with directors whose films are discussed and clips are shown from. There is also archival footage of the times and momentous events which acts as a background to the main narrative. The Shah wanted an image of Iran as prosperous whereas the Islamic Republic is much more interested in a religious view and especially wants children, nature, Persian poetry and traditional values on display which certainly explains "The Willow Tree." But women need not apply. At the same time, directors possibly influenced by neo-realist films have been interested in showing the Iran they know, especially Bahman Ghobadi who has taken a special interest in Kurdistan.[/font]
They interviewed a female director and no one even mentioned she was a woman - and we're the ones that don't oppress women!
Not perfect, but a good introduction. I learned a lot about the PRE-new wave films I didn't know of prior.
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