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The more "This Is Not a Film" underscores the cruel containment of a great artist, the more we actually become aware - very indirectly, in a very Panahi fashion - of a city in chaos outside, with sounds of gunfire and distant street blazes.
What it all adds up to is a ruefully witty essay on what does or does not constitute cinema: Jean-Luc Godard grapples endlessly (some would say incomprehensibly) with these debates, but Panahi's invigorating directness cuts to the chase.
Panahi's two principal themes - film theory and (inevitably) 'domestic' politics - coalesce into one as his own cloistered status finds its mirror in a personal filmography that has become more and more constrained.