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Post by sol » May 19th, 2019, 4:08 am

3eyes wrote:
May 18th, 2019, 1:32 pm
Heh! when my son wasShow
studying in Iran in 2000, he was invited to play a clueless American on a TV show. His line was: "Why does it say 'Death to America' on the back of your wheelchair?"
Mm. As Ale pointed out in his own comments on the film upthread, it's not so much that the protagonist is a clueless American, but rather he's a diplomat sent on a mission due to expertise and special knowledge that he very clearly doesn't have. :unsure: Definitely wouldn't recommend this one. :down:
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Post by jdidaco » May 19th, 2019, 4:11 am

Amir Naderi double-bill,

7. Tangsir (Tight Spot, Amir Naderi, 1973) 7.5/10
8. Saz Dahani (Harmonica, Amir Naderi, 1974) 8/10

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1. Bahar (Spring, Abolfazl Jalili, 1986) 8/10
2. La gale (Scabies, Abolfazl Jalili, 1989) 10/10
3. Bad-e Jenn (Wind of Jinn, Naser Taghvai, 1969) 9/10 (22 min), Arbaïn (Naser Taghvai, 1970) 10/10 (21 min), Rahaee (Release, Naser Taghvai, 1971) 8/10 (23 min) (Total: 66 min)
4. Aramesh dar Hozur Deegaran (Tranquility in the Presence of Others, Naser Taghvai, 1972) 8.5/10
5. Shazdeh Ehtejab (Prince Ehtejab, Bahman Farmanara, 1974) 9/10
6. Sayehaye bolande bad (Tall Shadows of the Wind, Bahman Farmanara, 1979) 8.5/10

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#123

Post by Knaldskalle » May 19th, 2019, 4:56 am

10. Fellow Citizen (Kiarostami, 1983). Interesting concept, but even at only 50 minutes duration this manages to get repetitive (and that may just be the point). I read that being a traffic cop was Kiarostami's first job which explains a lot.

Iran alsoShow
1. Offside (Panahi, 2006)
2. This is Not a Film (Panahi, 2011)
3. Where Is My Friend's Home? (Kiarostami, 1987)
4. Homework (Kiarostami, 1989)
5. About Elly (Farhadi, 2009)
6. Jafar Panahi's Taxi (Panahi, 2015)
7. Tranquility in the Presence of Others (Taghvai, 1973)
8. And Life Goes On (Kiarostami, 1992)
9. Fireworks Wednesday (Farhadi, 2006)
10. Fellow Citizen (Kiarostami, 1983)
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#124

Post by sol » May 19th, 2019, 6:41 am

The Wind Will Carry Us OffsideShow
1. Under the Shadow (2016)
2. Fireworks Wednesday (2006)
3. Mossafer / Traveler (1974)
4. Offside (2006)
5. Homework (1989)
6. Fellow Citizen (1983)
7. The Salesman (2016)
8. The Silence (1998)
9. Caravans (1978)

10. Close-Up (1990)

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An ambitious movie that blends fiction and reality. While some segments are clearly staged, others are ambiguous, paralleling the deception trial at hand. As the movie progresses, we learn that the man on trial was more interested in the power trip than defrauding the family, with him attributing some blame on the family for letting themselves be conned - an angle similar to the British documentary The Imposter. And yet, this is never once as moody and intense a documentary as The Imposter - and I left wanting to know more about how rather than why he deceived the family.
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#125

Post by 72allinncallme » May 19th, 2019, 7:07 pm

17. Gheisar (1969)
18. Darbareye Elly / About Elly (2009) (l)
19. Shazdeh Ehtejab / Prince Ehtejab (1974)
20. Saz dahani / Harmonica (1974)
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1. Shorts:
An shab ke barun amad (1967) 35min
P mesle pelican (1972) 27min
2. Dayereh / The Circle (2000)
3. Zendegi va digar hich / Life, and Nothing More... (1992)
4. Mogholha / The Mongols (1973)
5. Bad ma ra khahad bord / The Wind Will Carry Us (1999)
6. Gilane (2004)
7. Bicycleran / The Cyclist (1987)
8. Leila (1997)
9. Rang-e khoda / The Color of Paradise (1999)
10. Zir-e poost-e shahr / Under the Skin of the City (2001)
11. Davandeh / The Runner (1984)
12. Marg Yazdgerd / Death of Yazdgerd (1982)
13. Banoo-Ye Ordibehesht / The May Lady (1998)
14. Dastforoush / The Peddler (1989)
15. Aramesh dar Hozur Deegaran/ Tranquility in the Presence of Others (1973)
16. Shabe ghuzi / Night of the Hunchback (1965)
17. Gheisar (1969)
18. Darbareye Elly / About Elly (2009) (l)
19. Shazdeh Ehtejab / Prince Ehtejab (1974)
20. Saz dahani / Harmonica (1974)

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Post by Knaldskalle » May 20th, 2019, 4:46 am

11. The Salesman (Farhadi, 2016). Another Farhadi film that revolves around relationships breaking down. This one didn't wow me as much as his earlier efforts, but it's still really good. We have been spoiled when this isn't top tier stuff. :)

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1. Offside (Panahi, 2006)
2. This is Not a Film (Panahi, 2011)
3. Where Is My Friend's Home? (Kiarostami, 1987)
4. Homework (Kiarostami, 1989)
5. About Elly (Farhadi, 2009)
6. Jafar Panahi's Taxi (Panahi, 2015)
7. Tranquility in the Presence of Others (Taghvai, 1973)
8. And Life Goes On (Kiarostami, 1992)
9. Fireworks Wednesday (Farhadi, 2006)
10. Fellow Citizen (Kiarostami, 1983)
11. The Salesman (Farhadi, 2016)
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Post by 72allinncallme » May 20th, 2019, 8:56 pm

21. Shah-re ziba / Beautiful City (2004)
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1. Shorts:
An shab ke barun amad (1967) 35min
P mesle pelican (1972) 27min
2. Dayereh / The Circle (2000)
3. Zendegi va digar hich / Life, and Nothing More... (1992)
4. Mogholha / The Mongols (1973)
5. Bad ma ra khahad bord / The Wind Will Carry Us (1999)
6. Gilane (2004)
7. Bicycleran / The Cyclist (1987)
8. Leila (1997)
9. Rang-e khoda / The Color of Paradise (1999)
10. Zir-e poost-e shahr / Under the Skin of the City (2001)
11. Davandeh / The Runner (1984)
12. Marg Yazdgerd / Death of Yazdgerd (1982)
13. Banoo-Ye Ordibehesht / The May Lady (1998)
14. Dastforoush / The Peddler (1989)
15. Aramesh dar Hozur Deegaran/ Tranquility in the Presence of Others (1973)
16. Shabe ghuzi / Night of the Hunchback (1965)
17. Gheisar (1969)
18. Darbareye Elly / About Elly (2009) (l)
19. Shazdeh Ehtejab / Prince Ehtejab (1974)
20. Saz dahani / Harmonica (1974)
21. Shah-re ziba / Beautiful City (2004)

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Post by Nathan Treadway » May 21st, 2019, 12:26 am

7. Gheisar (1969)
8. Dastforoush (The Peddler) 1989
9. Derakhte Golabi (The Pear Tree) 1998
10. Nassereddin Shah, Actor-e Cinema (Once Upon a Time, Cinema) 1992
11. Marg Yazdgerd (Death of Yazdgerd) 1982
12. Arousi-ye Khouban (Marriage of the Blessed) 1989
13. Lebassi Baraye Arossi (A Suit for a Wedding) 1976

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Post by maxwelldeux » May 21st, 2019, 4:34 am

And Iran, Iran so far awayShow
1. A Taste of Cherry (1997)
2. The Salesman (2016)
3. Fireworks Wednesday (2006)
4. Women Without Men (2009)
Watched this with the wife on 3eyes recommendation, and it was pretty successful. Very interesting to see pre-revolution Iran depicted as well as the struggle of a number of women against the system. Some absolutely gorgeous shots in there, as well as some pretty horrifying ones. Pretty nice film.

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Post by jeroeno » May 21st, 2019, 4:37 am

21. Mosaferan (Travellers) (1991)
22. Dayereh mina (The Cycle) (1977)
23. Rooban-e ghermez (The Red Ribbon) (1999)

2 more for the bronze award :run:

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Post by cinephage » May 21st, 2019, 10:25 am

03. Rang-e khoda, by Majid Majidi (1999) 7,5/10

A nice approach to childhood and spirituality... A miserable father and widower struggles to accept his blind son's fate. Interesting and landscapes, as I don't often get to see such a green aspect of Iran.
Picked up olives... (02)Show
01. Talaye sorkh, by Jafar Panahi (2003) 9/10
02. Gaav, by Dariush Mehrjuhi (1969) 8/10

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Post by Nathan Treadway » May 21st, 2019, 10:52 am

jeroeno wrote:
May 21st, 2019, 4:37 am

2 more for the bronze award :run:
:cheers: I'm down to 13.

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Post by 3eyes » May 21st, 2019, 1:41 pm

Nathan Treadway wrote:
May 21st, 2019, 10:52 am
jeroeno wrote:
May 21st, 2019, 4:37 am

2 more for the bronze award :run:
:cheers: I'm down to 13.
:banana: :party:

My first take was, :o Did I write that? :mw_confused:
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Post by sol » May 21st, 2019, 2:24 pm

The Wind Will Carry Us OffsideShow
1. Under the Shadow (2016)
2. Fireworks Wednesday (2006)
3. Mossafer / Traveler (1974)
4. Offside (2006)
5. Homework (1989)
6. Fellow Citizen (1983)
7. The Salesman (2016)
8. The Silence (1998)
9. Caravans (1978)
10. Close-Up (1990)

11. The Past (2013)

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This domestic drama from Asghar Farhadi comes with ample mystery and mysteriousness (not just regarding the new boyfriend, but why the husband and wife separated in the first place), yet with a plot that becomes convoluted with shock revelation after revelation in the second and third act, the whole thing began to feel like a soap opera episode to me. I also didn't like how the husband disappeared into the backdrop towards the end since he was the only character I liked. The acting is certainly classy, but I would definite place this on a notch below the two other Farhadi films I have seen.
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Post by OldAle1 » May 21st, 2019, 7:44 pm

Walnuts, Roses and PoetryShow

Day 1 - Genre films 1965/7

1. Shabe ghuzi / Night of the Hunchback (Farokh Ghafari, 1965)
2. Ganje qarun / Croesus' Treasure (Syamak Yasami, 1965)
3. Vampir, Zan-e khoon-asham / The Female Vampire (Mostafa Oskooyi, 1967)

Day 2 - Iranian noir, 1961

4. Faryade nimeshab / The Midnight Terror (Samuel Khachikian, 1961)

Day 3 - Going West; Going to Tehran 1968/70

5. Ed ora... raccomanda l'anima a Dio! / Mardaneh bekosh / Stranger Say Your Prayers / etc, etc (Demofilo Fidani, 1968)
6. Aghaye Halou / Mr. Naive (Dariush Mehrjui, 1970)

Day 4 - Kimiai and Naderi in the early 70s

7. Reza motori / Reza, the Motorcylist (Masud Kiimiai, 1970)
8. Dash akol (Masud Kimiai, 1971)
9. Saz Dahani / Harmonica (Amir Naderi, 1974)

Day 5 - Farmanara's historical fiction

10. Shazdeh Ehtejab / Prince Ehtejab (Bahman Farmanara, 1974)

Day 6 - three auteurs in the 70s

11. Postchi / The Postman (Dariush Mehrjui, 1972)
12. Gharibeh Va Meh / Stranger and the Fog (Bahram Beizai, 1976)
13. Dar Ghorbat / In der Fremde / Far From Home (Sohrab Shaheed Saless, 1975)

Day 7 - Aslani and Mehrjui, mid-70s

14. Shatranje bad / The Chess Game of the Wind (Mohammad Reza Aslani, 1976)
15. Dayereh mina / The Cycle (Dariush Mehrjui, 1977)

Day 8 - Before the Revolution

16. Baghé sanngui / The Garden of Stones (Parviz Kimiavi, 1976)
17. Karevanha / Caravans (James Fargo, 1978)
18. Sooteh-Delan / Desiderium (Ali Hatami, 1978)

Day 9 - 60s-70s shorts; Revolution

19. SHORTS 15 + 11 + 19 + 9 + 14 = 68 minutes

a) Tappe-haye Marlik / The Hills of Marlik (Ebrahim Golestan, 1963) (re-watch)
b) Ars Poetica (Khosrow Sinai, 1967)
c) Sardi Ahan / Cold Iron (Khosrow Sinai, 1969)
d) Aan ke khial baft, aan ke amal kard / The One Who Dreamt, the One Who Acted (Morteza Momayyez, 1971)
e) Zang-e Tafrih / The Breaktime (Abbas Kiarostami, 1972)

20. Baraye azadi / For Freedom (Hossein Torabi, 1979)

Day 10 - Revolution's Aftermath, Bureaucracy and Comedy

21. Jostoju / The Search (Amir Naderi, 1980)
22. Hamshahri / Fellow Citizen (Abbas Kiarostami, 1983)
23. Hajji Washington (Ali Hatami, 1983)

Day 11 - 1980s Obscurities

24. Khane-ye Ankaboot / The House of Spider (Alireza Davoudnejad, 1983)
25. Saman (Ahmad Nikazur, 1986)

Day 12 - Wacky Comedy from Dariush Mehrjui

26. Ejareh-Nesheenha / The Tenants (Dariush Mehrjui, 1987)

Day 13 - Late 80s - about films & crimes & kids

27. Shabah-e kazhdom / Spectre of the Scorpion (Kianoush Ayari, 1987)
28. Bibi chelchele / Granny Swallow (Kiumars Poorahmad, 1986)

Day 14 - Late 80s, Hemingway & kids - a 70s short detour

29. Nakhoda Khorshid / Captain Khorshid (Naser Taghvai, 1987)
30. SHORTS II 34 + 21 + 10 = 65 minutes

a) Safar / Journey (Bahram Beizai, 1972)
b) Arbaïn (Naser Taghvai, 1970)
c) Rokh / The Rook (Ali Akbar Sadeghi, 1974)

31. Kelid / The Key (Ebrahim Forouzesh, 1987)

Day 15

32. Sorb / The Lead (Masud Kimiai, 1989)
Days 16, 17, 19, 20

FUCK MOVIES.



Day 18 - War and Poetry, 1989

33. Mohajer - The Immigrant (Ebrahim Hatamikia, 1989)

Nearly all of Hatamikia's first thirteen features, made from 1985-2001, are war movies of one sort or another - the only one I'd previously seen is Ajans-E Shisheh-I / The Glass Agency, probably his best-known work internationally, which is about a desperate veteran with lots of problems who resorts to a spectacular crime; I dimly remember it being pretty good and I've wanted to see more of the director's war-themed stuff ever since (I've also seen one later, non-war film which was also worth seeing). This is a combat film about several soldiers - two of them best friends - who fly the "Immigrant" of the title, an unmanned, radio-controlled prop-engined drone, to take picture of Iraqi positions and sometimes fire rockets about them. One of the friends and his unit of four get separated behind enemy lines, and somehow have to get back, using the drone's special capabilities and his own seemingly mystical abilities to control it, sometimes when he can't see it. The mystical stuff is interesting but ultimately it feels very propagandistic - God must be on our side - and this combined with the rather primitive and cheap production values makes for a mixed experience overall.

34. Nar-o-nay / Pomegranate and Cane (Saeed Ebrahimifar, 1989)

Absolutely beautiful film about a man who finds an injured, much older man outside his apartment, takes him to a hospital, and then essentially enters his life - as it's portrayed here anyway - through reading his journal and poetry. It's a lovely, exquisitely composed film that unfortunately suffers from just being kind of dull - there's really nothing remarkable about any of the characters or the stories and the beauty of the images, while making the film worthwhile, doesn't really offer enough to make it truly compelling or memorable. It is one of the few Iranian films I've seen so far with any significant focus on calligraphy, and one thing that did go through my mind at times was how Iran is so perfectly situated - culturally and physically - between East and West, and this is an example of a film that feels more "eastern" in a focus on the beauty and artistry of writing, something the west has largely ignored during the age of cinema.
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PS sorry I've fallen off somewhat on updating, computer issues which are still operant until I get a new one I guess.

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Post by OldAle1 » May 22nd, 2019, 2:58 pm

Walnuts, Roses and PoetryShow

Day 1 - Genre films 1965/7

1. Shabe ghuzi / Night of the Hunchback (Farokh Ghafari, 1965)
2. Ganje qarun / Croesus' Treasure (Syamak Yasami, 1965)
3. Vampir, Zan-e khoon-asham / The Female Vampire (Mostafa Oskooyi, 1967)

Day 2 - Iranian noir, 1961

4. Faryade nimeshab / The Midnight Terror (Samuel Khachikian, 1961)

Day 3 - Going West; Going to Tehran 1968/70

5. Ed ora... raccomanda l'anima a Dio! / Mardaneh bekosh / Stranger Say Your Prayers / etc, etc (Demofilo Fidani, 1968)
6. Aghaye Halou / Mr. Naive (Dariush Mehrjui, 1970)

Day 4 - Kimiai and Naderi in the early 70s

7. Reza motori / Reza, the Motorcylist (Masud Kiimiai, 1970)
8. Dash akol (Masud Kimiai, 1971)
9. Saz Dahani / Harmonica (Amir Naderi, 1974)

Day 5 - Farmanara's historical fiction

10. Shazdeh Ehtejab / Prince Ehtejab (Bahman Farmanara, 1974)

Day 6 - three auteurs in the 70s

11. Postchi / The Postman (Dariush Mehrjui, 1972)
12. Gharibeh Va Meh / Stranger and the Fog (Bahram Beizai, 1976)
13. Dar Ghorbat / In der Fremde / Far From Home (Sohrab Shaheed Saless, 1975)

Day 7 - Aslani and Mehrjui, mid-70s

14. Shatranje bad / The Chess Game of the Wind (Mohammad Reza Aslani, 1976)
15. Dayereh mina / The Cycle (Dariush Mehrjui, 1977)

Day 8 - Before the Revolution

16. Baghé sanngui / The Garden of Stones (Parviz Kimiavi, 1976)
17. Karevanha / Caravans (James Fargo, 1978)
18. Sooteh-Delan / Desiderium (Ali Hatami, 1978)

Day 9 - 60s-70s shorts; Revolution

19. SHORTS 15 + 11 + 19 + 9 + 14 = 68 minutes

a) Tappe-haye Marlik / The Hills of Marlik (Ebrahim Golestan, 1963) (re-watch)
b) Ars Poetica (Khosrow Sinai, 1967)
c) Sardi Ahan / Cold Iron (Khosrow Sinai, 1969)
d) Aan ke khial baft, aan ke amal kard / The One Who Dreamt, the One Who Acted (Morteza Momayyez, 1971)
e) Zang-e Tafrih / The Breaktime (Abbas Kiarostami, 1972)

20. Baraye azadi / For Freedom (Hossein Torabi, 1979)

Day 10 - Revolution's Aftermath, Bureaucracy and Comedy

21. Jostoju / The Search (Amir Naderi, 1980)
22. Hamshahri / Fellow Citizen (Abbas Kiarostami, 1983)
23. Hajji Washington (Ali Hatami, 1983)

Day 11 - 1980s Obscurities

24. Khane-ye Ankaboot / The House of Spider (Alireza Davoudnejad, 1983)
25. Saman (Ahmad Nikazur, 1986)

Day 12 - Wacky Comedy from Dariush Mehrjui

26. Ejareh-Nesheenha / The Tenants (Dariush Mehrjui, 1987)

Day 13 - Late 80s - about films & crimes & kids

27. Shabah-e kazhdom / Spectre of the Scorpion (Kianoush Ayari, 1987)
28. Bibi chelchele / Granny Swallow (Kiumars Poorahmad, 1986)

Day 14 - Late 80s, Hemingway & kids - a 70s short detour

29. Nakhoda Khorshid / Captain Khorshid (Naser Taghvai, 1987)
30. SHORTS II 34 + 21 + 10 = 65 minutes

a) Safar / Journey (Bahram Beizai, 1972)
b) Arbaïn (Naser Taghvai, 1970)
c) Rokh / The Rook (Ali Akbar Sadeghi, 1974)

31. Kelid / The Key (Ebrahim Forouzesh, 1987)

Day 15

32. Sorb / The Lead (Masud Kimiai, 1989)

Days 16, 17, 19, 20

FUCK MOVIES.



Day 18 - War and Poetry, 1989

33. Mohajer - The Immigrant (Ebrahim Hatamikia, 1989)
34. Nar-o-nay / Pomegranate and Cane (Saeed Ebrahimifar, 1989)
Day 21 - the 1990s and Need

35. Niaz / The Need (Alireza Davoudnejad, 1992)

What's the phrase that's become fashionable among the cool kids today, poverty porn? I guess, though it strikes me as increasingly dubious the more I see it, and I've used it myself. Maybe for the last time here. I don't think even the most well-meaning "liberal" (American definition) actually needs to see many many examples of people struggling and hurting to get them to feel, and to want to do something - perhaps, if anything, it's just as much a way for conservatives - governments and people with power and wealth - to push the notion of the nobility of suffering and poverty, so we don't have to do much for the destitute, as they're more likely to "make it" in the afterlife. At least that was a feeling until the prosperity gospel started to get big here. Maybe there's something like that going on in Islam too?

Anyway, not sure why I'm thinking about all of this, maybe it's just because there really haven't been that many films in this challenge that have fit the dignity-of-poverty-and-work paradigm, though there are certainly many famous examples from this cinema; maybe I'd just seen most of them already. At any rate this is about two poor boys, Ali and Reza, each trying to win full-time employment at a printing press, meantime sharing the job for a couple of weeks and getting half-pay until their boss determines which one to keep. The focus is mostly on Ali, a proud and somewhat arrogant young man who mostly wants to work so that his mother won't have to. They are certainly struggling, but as he gradually learns that Reza and his family are in even worse shape, the attitudes of the two boys begin to change. This is a reasonably well-done morality play that doesn't really offer anything new or different to those schooled in this cinema, but I nearly always find myself involved in such things, and it's quite short - 80 minutes or so - so certainly a worthwhile watch.

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Post by sol » May 22nd, 2019, 3:03 pm

The Wind Will Carry Us OffsideShow
1. Under the Shadow (2016)
2. Fireworks Wednesday (2006)
3. Mossafer / Traveler (1974)
4. Offside (2006)
5. Homework (1989)
6. Fellow Citizen (1983)
7. The Salesman (2016)
8. The Silence (1998)
9. Caravans (1978)
10. Close-Up (1990)
11. The Past (2013)

12. About Elly... (2009)

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A potent mystery thriller, perhaps best thought of Iran's answer to L'Avventura with a disappearance forcing some friends to reflect on themselves as a complex web of lies emerges. From the moment of the disappearance, the film never once lets up. The camerawork is very immersive throughout, running with the characters and even following them into the water, the acting is superb, and the film leaves a definite impact as a tale of the complications with not telling the whole truth. This just edges out as Offside as my choice for the best Iranian film that I have seen this month.
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Post by 3eyes » May 22nd, 2019, 3:07 pm

I'm glad our small but dedicated band is having such a good time with this challenge -- I'm pretty low energy at present and seem to be playing the role of cheerleader. :clap:
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Post by jeroeno » May 22nd, 2019, 7:13 pm

24. Booye kafoor, atre yas (Smell of Camphor, Fragrence of Jasmine) (2000)
25. Kheili dour, kheili nazdik (So Close, So Far) (2005)
26. Banoo-Ye Ordibehesht (The May Lady) (1998)
27. Nargess (1992)
28. Nobat e Asheghi (A Time For Love) (1990)
29. Buda as sharm foru rikht (Buddha Collapsed Out of Shame) (2007) (l)

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And with that.... I've gained the coveted bronze award for the Best Iranian Films :banana:

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Post by 72allinncallme » May 22nd, 2019, 8:15 pm

22. Dayereh mina / The Cycle (1977)
23. Niaz / The Need (1982)
24. Mohajer / The Immigrant (1989)
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1. Shorts:
An shab ke barun amad (1967) 35min
P mesle pelican (1972) 27min
2. Dayereh / The Circle (2000)
3. Zendegi va digar hich / Life, and Nothing More... (1992)
4. Mogholha / The Mongols (1973)
5. Bad ma ra khahad bord / The Wind Will Carry Us (1999)
6. Gilane (2004)
7. Bicycleran / The Cyclist (1987)
8. Leila (1997)
9. Rang-e khoda / The Color of Paradise (1999)
10. Zir-e poost-e shahr / Under the Skin of the City (2001)
11. Davandeh / The Runner (1984)
12. Marg Yazdgerd / Death of Yazdgerd (1982)
13. Banoo-Ye Ordibehesht / The May Lady (1998)
14. Dastforoush / The Peddler (1989)
15. Aramesh dar Hozur Deegaran/ Tranquility in the Presence of Others (1973)
16. Shabe ghuzi / Night of the Hunchback (1965)
17. Gheisar (1969)
18. Darbareye Elly / About Elly (2009) (l)
19. Shazdeh Ehtejab / Prince Ehtejab (1974)
20. Saz dahani / Harmonica (1974)
21. Shah-re ziba / Beautiful City (2004)
22. Dayereh mina / The Cycle (1977)
23. Niaz / The Need (1982)
24. Mohajer / The Immigrant (1989)

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Post by 3eyes » May 22nd, 2019, 9:50 pm

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May 22nd, 2019, 7:13 pm
24. Booye kafoor, atre yas (Smell of Camphor, Fragrence of Jasmine) (2000)
25. Kheili dour, kheili nazdik (So Close, So Far) (2005)
26. Banoo-Ye Ordibehesht (The May Lady) (1998)
27. Nargess (1992)
28. Nobat e Asheghi (A Time For Love) (1990)
29. Buda as sharm foru rikht (Buddha Collapsed Out of Shame) (2007) (l)

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Post by OldAle1 » May 22nd, 2019, 10:37 pm

jeroeno wrote:
May 22nd, 2019, 7:13 pm
24. Booye kafoor, atre yas (Smell of Camphor, Fragrence of Jasmine) (2000)
25. Kheili dour, kheili nazdik (So Close, So Far) (2005)
26. Banoo-Ye Ordibehesht (The May Lady) (1998)
27. Nargess (1992)
28. Nobat e Asheghi (A Time For Love) (1990)
29. Buda as sharm foru rikht (Buddha Collapsed Out of Shame) (2007) (l)

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And with that.... I've gained the coveted bronze award for the Best Iranian Films :banana:
Good job! I hoped to get to silver this month but looks like I'm not gonna make it. Not necessarily the widest variety of any of the country lists, but for me anyway among the more consistently good.

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Post by OldAle1 » May 22nd, 2019, 10:40 pm

sol wrote:
May 22nd, 2019, 3:03 pm
The Wind Will Carry Us OffsideShow
1. Under the Shadow (2016)
2. Fireworks Wednesday (2006)
3. Mossafer / Traveler (1974)
4. Offside (2006)
5. Homework (1989)
6. Fellow Citizen (1983)
7. The Salesman (2016)
8. The Silence (1998)
9. Caravans (1978)
10. Close-Up (1990)
11. The Past (2013)

12. About Elly... (2009)

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A potent mystery thriller, perhaps best thought of Iran's answer to L'Avventura with a disappearance forcing some friends to reflect on themselves as a complex web of lies emerges. From the moment of the disappearance, the film never once lets up. The camerawork is very immersive throughout, running with the characters and even following them into the water, the acting is superb, and the film leaves a definite impact as a tale of the complications with not telling the whole truth. This just edges out as Offside as my choice for the best Iranian film that I have seen this month.
Glad you liked it so much, likely my favorite Farhadi at the moment though I may re-watch A Separation soon which is certainly a contender. I don't know that I had thought of the Antonioni connection before but it's certainly obvious - that's a movie I need to see again as well.

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May 22nd, 2019, 10:40 pm
Glad you liked it so much, likely my favorite Farhadi at the moment though I may re-watch A Separation soon which is certainly a contender. I don't know that I had thought of the Antonioni connection before but it's certainly obvious - that's a movie I need to see again as well.
It's been a while since I have seen L'Avventura too and I don't like it as much as many out there do (I prefer Blowup), however, yeah - it was simply a connection that I just couldn't get out of my head while watching the film. And I didn't mention this, but About Elly... actually sits among my top 5 favourite new viewings this year. It pretty much bowled me over despite a slowish start. One thing that I didn't really like was...

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...how we are shown that Elly has in fact drowned. I thought this would have been much better if left ambiguous/unresolved, especially since the film is more about the others than her...

...but that's a minor gripe in a pretty amazing film.
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The Wind Will Carry Us OffsideShow
1. Under the Shadow (2016)
2. Fireworks Wednesday (2006)
3. Mossafer / Traveler (1974)
4. Offside (2006)
5. Homework (1989)
6. Fellow Citizen (1983)
7. The Salesman (2016)
8. The Silence (1998)
9. Caravans (1978)
10. Close-Up (1990)
11. The Past (2013)
12. About Elly... (2009)

13. The Blind Owl (1975)

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Based on an acclaimed Iranian novel, this WTF movie apparently flows better if one knows the complex story beforehand, but this is still easy to appreciate even when the plot and character motivations make little sense. The whole thing plays out like a living, breathing nightmare, full of odd colours, oodles of fog, offbeat camera lensing of the Morgiana and The Cremator variety, voyeuristic treetop shots a la Miller's Crossing, creepy point-of-view walking shots and low camera angles from inside shallow graves. And there are ominously cackling supporting characters too. For interested parties, the YT print is shoddy, but the subs are very readable and I can only imagine how glorious it would look with a decent digital restoration.
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7. Panj é asr (2003) a.k.a. At Five in the Afternoon
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1. Mahi va gorbeh (2013)
2. ZAR (2017)
3. Zendegi va digar hich (1992)
4. Sib (1998)
5. Le passé (2013)
6. Ed ora... raccomanda l'anima a Dio! (1968)
7. Panj é asr (2003)
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Post by OldAle1 » May 23rd, 2019, 1:53 pm

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Day 1 - Genre films 1965/7

1. Shabe ghuzi / Night of the Hunchback (Farokh Ghafari, 1965)
2. Ganje qarun / Croesus' Treasure (Syamak Yasami, 1965)
3. Vampir, Zan-e khoon-asham / The Female Vampire (Mostafa Oskooyi, 1967)

Day 2 - Iranian noir, 1961

4. Faryade nimeshab / The Midnight Terror (Samuel Khachikian, 1961)

Day 3 - Going West; Going to Tehran 1968/70

5. Ed ora... raccomanda l'anima a Dio! / Mardaneh bekosh / Stranger Say Your Prayers / etc, etc (Demofilo Fidani, 1968)
6. Aghaye Halou / Mr. Naive (Dariush Mehrjui, 1970)

Day 4 - Kimiai and Naderi in the early 70s

7. Reza motori / Reza, the Motorcylist (Masud Kiimiai, 1970)
8. Dash akol (Masud Kimiai, 1971)
9. Saz Dahani / Harmonica (Amir Naderi, 1974)

Day 5 - Farmanara's historical fiction

10. Shazdeh Ehtejab / Prince Ehtejab (Bahman Farmanara, 1974)

Day 6 - three auteurs in the 70s

11. Postchi / The Postman (Dariush Mehrjui, 1972)
12. Gharibeh Va Meh / Stranger and the Fog (Bahram Beizai, 1976)
13. Dar Ghorbat / In der Fremde / Far From Home (Sohrab Shaheed Saless, 1975)

Day 7 - Aslani and Mehrjui, mid-70s

14. Shatranje bad / The Chess Game of the Wind (Mohammad Reza Aslani, 1976)
15. Dayereh mina / The Cycle (Dariush Mehrjui, 1977)

Day 8 - Before the Revolution

16. Baghé sanngui / The Garden of Stones (Parviz Kimiavi, 1976)
17. Karevanha / Caravans (James Fargo, 1978)
18. Sooteh-Delan / Desiderium (Ali Hatami, 1978)

Day 9 - 60s-70s shorts; Revolution

19. SHORTS 15 + 11 + 19 + 9 + 14 = 68 minutes

a) Tappe-haye Marlik / The Hills of Marlik (Ebrahim Golestan, 1963) (re-watch)
b) Ars Poetica (Khosrow Sinai, 1967)
c) Sardi Ahan / Cold Iron (Khosrow Sinai, 1969)
d) Aan ke khial baft, aan ke amal kard / The One Who Dreamt, the One Who Acted (Morteza Momayyez, 1971)
e) Zang-e Tafrih / The Breaktime (Abbas Kiarostami, 1972)

20. Baraye azadi / For Freedom (Hossein Torabi, 1979)

Day 10 - Revolution's Aftermath, Bureaucracy and Comedy

21. Jostoju / The Search (Amir Naderi, 1980)
22. Hamshahri / Fellow Citizen (Abbas Kiarostami, 1983)
23. Hajji Washington (Ali Hatami, 1983)

Day 11 - 1980s Obscurities

24. Khane-ye Ankaboot / The House of Spider (Alireza Davoudnejad, 1983)
25. Saman (Ahmad Nikazur, 1986)

Day 12 - Wacky Comedy from Dariush Mehrjui

26. Ejareh-Nesheenha / The Tenants (Dariush Mehrjui, 1987)

Day 13 - Late 80s - about films & crimes & kids

27. Shabah-e kazhdom / Spectre of the Scorpion (Kianoush Ayari, 1987)
28. Bibi chelchele / Granny Swallow (Kiumars Poorahmad, 1986)

Day 14 - Late 80s, Hemingway & kids - a 70s short detour

29. Nakhoda Khorshid / Captain Khorshid (Naser Taghvai, 1987)
30. SHORTS II 34 + 21 + 10 = 65 minutes

a) Safar / Journey (Bahram Beizai, 1972)
b) Arbaïn (Naser Taghvai, 1970)
c) Rokh / The Rook (Ali Akbar Sadeghi, 1974)

31. Kelid / The Key (Ebrahim Forouzesh, 1987)

Day 15

32. Sorb / The Lead (Masud Kimiai, 1989)

Days 16, 17, 19, 20

FUCK MOVIES.



Day 18 - War and Poetry, 1989

33. Mohajer - The Immigrant (Ebrahim Hatamikia, 1989)
34. Nar-o-nay / Pomegranate and Cane (Saeed Ebrahimifar, 1989)

Day 21 - the 1990s and Need

35. Niaz / The Need (Alireza Davoudnejad, 1992)
Day 22 - more rural poverty, 90s style

36. Khomreh / The Jar (Ebrahim Forouzesh, 1992)

A rural school in the Iranian desert depends on having water available from a large earthen jar that sits under a tree in the courtyard; when the jar develops a leak, the task of the teacher and all of the students becomes fixing or replacing it. Unfortunately there is little money in this isolated community, and there's nobody around who is an expert at fixing this kind of thing. This is a reasonably well done film on a very simple subject, but it feels very, very familiar to me at this point, with the only moderately interesting element being the slow burn of the teacher as he comes to realize that the villagers don't necessarily value education, or any progress at all - he seems increasingly prone to thinking about returning to whatever city he hails from, and leaving the kids and their parents to their own devices - but the finale of the film is entirely predictable and typically heartwarming as so many of these films are. This won the top prize at Locarno and has a respectable IMDb rating, and it's one of the few cases where I'm rather at odds (in a negative sense) with prevailing opinion. Maybe those Locarno voters, and many others who have loved this, simply hadn't seen the vast number of Iranian films with similar themes, and aren't so tired of all the damn kids yelling over one another that you find here? Anyway, it's not really bad, a grumpy "meh" is what you get from this viewer, anxious to get back to more experimental and metaphysical slices of Iranian life and film.

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Post by OldAle1 » May 23rd, 2019, 2:00 pm

sol wrote:
May 23rd, 2019, 1:05 pm
The Wind Will Carry Us OffsideShow
1. Under the Shadow (2016)
2. Fireworks Wednesday (2006)
3. Mossafer / Traveler (1974)
4. Offside (2006)
5. Homework (1989)
6. Fellow Citizen (1983)
7. The Salesman (2016)
8. The Silence (1998)
9. Caravans (1978)
10. Close-Up (1990)
11. The Past (2013)
12. About Elly... (2009)

13. The Blind Owl (1975)

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Based on an acclaimed Iranian novel, this WTF movie apparently flows better if one knows the complex story beforehand, but this is still easy to appreciate even when the plot and character motivations make little sense. The whole thing plays out like a living, breathing nightmare, full of odd colours, oodles of fog, offbeat camera lensing of the Morgiana and The Cremator variety, voyeuristic treetop shots a la Miller's Crossing, creepy point-of-view walking shots and low camera angles from inside shallow graves. And there are ominously cackling supporting characters too. For interested parties, the YT print is shoddy, but the subs are very readable and I can only imagine how glorious it would look with a decent digital restoration.
Huh, I recall looking for that one years ago and not finding it, its been on the back burner. Thanks - I'll now be adding that to the priority list. I have the novel and a collection of Hedayat's short stories, and the later Ruiz adaptation, and I watched another adaptation from the writer, Dash akol, earlier this month. I suspect he had a big influence over Iranian cinema in the more experimental mode, just as Forugh influenced the documentary and poetic-realistic side. A brief bit on Hedayat from JR:

http://www.jonathanrosenbaum.net/2008/1 ... -of-blood/

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Post by Nathan Treadway » May 23rd, 2019, 3:01 pm

14. Boutique (2003)
15. Nargess (1992)
16. Ashkan, angoshtar-e motebarek va dastan-haye digar (AKA Ashkan, the Charmed Ring and Other Stories) (2009)
17. Ragbar (1972)
18. Mosaferan (AKA Travellers) (1991)
19. Mogholha (AKA The Mongols) (1973)
20. Gilane (2004)
21. Saz Dahani (AKA Harmonica) (1974)
22. Asrar ganji dareheye jenni (AKA Secret Treasure of the Jinn Valley) (1974)
23. Khesht va Ayeneh (AKA The Brick and the Mirror) (1965)

Plenty of excellent stuff that really needs some restoration work in the worst way.

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Post by sol » May 23rd, 2019, 3:11 pm

OldAle1 wrote:
May 23rd, 2019, 2:00 pm
Huh, I recall looking for that one years ago and not finding it, its been on the back burner. Thanks - I'll now be adding that to the priority list. I have the novel and a collection of Hedayat's short stories, and the later Ruiz adaptation, and I watched another adaptation from the writer, Dash akol, earlier this month. I suspect he had a big influence over Iranian cinema in the more experimental mode, just as Forugh influenced the documentary and poetic-realistic side.
To be honest, I didn't even know of Ruiz's apparently better-known version until I read some Letterboxd comments for the Iranian version afterwards. The Blind Owl simply came upon my radar by doing an IMDb Power Search for Iranian horror films and checking what was readily available online. :turned:
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Post by sol » May 23rd, 2019, 3:16 pm

The Wind Will Carry Us OffsideShow
1. Under the Shadow (2016)
2. Fireworks Wednesday (2006)
3. Mossafer / Traveler (1974)
4. Offside (2006)
5. Homework (1989)
6. Fellow Citizen (1983)
7. The Salesman (2016)
8. The Silence (1998)
9. Caravans (1978)
10. Close-Up (1990)
11. The Past (2013)
12. About Elly... (2009)
13. The Blind Owl (1975)

14. A.B.C Africa (2001)

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Travelling to Uganda, Abbas Kiarostami attempts to film a documentary about the AIDS problem here. A large focus is placed on orphaned kids as Kiarostami films them coming up to his camera, staring and pointing in shots that recall the opening of his earlier Homework. The whole film is in fact full of children staring into the camera though to the point that the documentary becomes more about this artifice than the AIDS crisis. We are given brief glimpses into religious doctrine (fears of condoms promoting promiscuity etc), but the film has sparse interviews and limited information.
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Post by OldAle1 » May 23rd, 2019, 3:44 pm

Nathan Treadway wrote:
May 23rd, 2019, 3:01 pm
14. Boutique (2003)
15. Nargess (1992)
16. Ashkan, angoshtar-e motebarek va dastan-haye digar (AKA Ashkan, the Charmed Ring and Other Stories) (2009)
17. Ragbar (1972)
18. Mosaferan (AKA Travellers) (1991)
19. Mogholha (AKA The Mongols) (1973)
20. Gilane (2004)
21. Saz Dahani (AKA Harmonica) (1974)
22. Asrar ganji dareheye jenni (AKA Secret Treasure of the Jinn Valley) (1974)
23. Khesht va Ayeneh (AKA The Brick and the Mirror) (1965)

Plenty of excellent stuff that really needs some restoration work in the worst way.
There is a restored print of Khesht va Ayeneh that played in Italy last year. I don't know how much Golestan was involved himself but here's the Q&A session - he speaks in English so don't worry if you're not fluent in Italian -



So hopefully that will show up in some accessible way before too long - it'd be nice to think that Criterion or Arrow or somebody could put out a box set of his complete work - it'd just be 2-3 discs - but I'm sure not holding out hope for that. Ragbar is the one of those that looked the worst when I saw it, also one of my favorites. There is probably no living director who I think is more ignored than Beizai, nobody I'd be more excited to see treated to a nice HD set.

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Post by Nathan Treadway » May 23rd, 2019, 4:00 pm

Thanks for that link. I'll definitely watch it, as I really enjoyed his films.

Ragbar is just a matter of time. Scorsese's World Cinema Project has taken it on, so, it'll be released at some point on Criterion. The quality of the print I watched was so bad on my TV, I about gave up on it. I wound up watching it on my computer, which made it at least watchable.

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Post by Knaldskalle » May 23rd, 2019, 4:17 pm

12. Ten (Kiarostami, 2002). Considering that this is on 11 lists, I sorta expected more. It's not a bad movie, but it seems to me that the constraints put on the movie affected what you could do in terms of impacting the audience. It does, though, still manage to convey the conditions women live under in Iran (which, to be fair, are even worse in places like Saudi Arabia for instance).

This was also the last iCM movie on 11+ lists for me, so now I just have to watch all the ones on 10 or fewer lists. "Just."

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1. Offside (Panahi, 2006)
2. This is Not a Film (Panahi, 2011)
3. Where Is My Friend's Home? (Kiarostami, 1987)
4. Homework (Kiarostami, 1989)
5. About Elly (Farhadi, 2009)
6. Jafar Panahi's Taxi (Panahi, 2015)
7. Tranquility in the Presence of Others (Taghvai, 1973)
8. And Life Goes On (Kiarostami, 1992)
9. Fireworks Wednesday (Farhadi, 2006)
10. Fellow Citizen (Kiarostami, 1983)
11. The Salesman (Farhadi, 2016)
12. Ten (Kiarostami)
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Post by jdidaco » May 23rd, 2019, 9:16 pm

A collection of shorts (Rahnema, Golestan, Sinai & Beizai),

9-10. Takht-e Jamshid/Persepolis (Fereydoun Rahnema, 1960) 8/10 (19 min), Tappe-haye Marlik (The Hills of Marlik, Ebrahim Golestan, 1963) 8/10 (14 min), Sardi Ahan (Cold Iron, Khosrow Sinai, 1969) 9/10 (18 min), Amoo Sibilou (Uncle Moustache, Bahram Beizai, 1969) 7.5/10 (27 min), Hussein Yavari (Khosrow Sinai, 1972) 8/10 (17 min), Safar (The Journey, Bahram Beizai, 1972) 9/10 (34 min) (Total: 129 min)

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1. Bahar (Spring, Abolfazl Jalili, 1986) 8/10
2. La gale (Scabies, Abolfazl Jalili, 1989) 10/10
3. Bad-e Jenn (Wind of Jinn, Naser Taghvai, 1969) 9/10 (22 min), Arbaïn (Naser Taghvai, 1970) 10/10 (21 min), Rahaee (Release, Naser Taghvai, 1971) 8/10 (23 min) (Total: 66 min)
4. Aramesh dar Hozur Deegaran (Tranquility in the Presence of Others, Naser Taghvai, 1972) 8.5/10
5. Shazdeh Ehtejab (Prince Ehtejab, Bahman Farmanara, 1974) 9/10
6. Sayehaye bolande bad (Tall Shadows of the Wind, Bahman Farmanara, 1979) 8.5/10
7. Tangsir (Tight Spot, Amir Naderi, 1973) 7.5/10
8. Saz Dahani (Harmonica, Amir Naderi, 1974) 8/10

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Post by jdidaco » May 23rd, 2019, 9:32 pm

You might have already found these, but in case you haven't,
OldAle1 wrote:a) Safar / Journey (Bahram Beizai, 1972)

Decided to watch this despite the lack of subs when I found out that it was essentially a kid's adventure piece and that the dialogue wasn't probably all that important. Well.. maybe.. I would suggest reading a short synopsis of this elsewhere that fills in the details, if you can find one (I'm still looking), but I do think this offers some rewards even without knowing exactly why the two boys - 9 or 10 year olds I guess - are running around the streets and outskirts of Tehran, who they're running from, or towards. Even in the pretty terrible print that I watched it has, like all of Beizai's films that I've seen, a powerful sense of drama and rhythm, and its feel for the variety of city life is palpable throughout. As limited as my experience with this was, I really enjoyed it and could have watched it go on for another hour, watching these kids explore bazaars and lumberyards and junkyards full of abandoned horse-drawn carriages, fighting with each other, arguing, making up, trying their luck as pickpockets, etc. I hope I don't have to wait forever for a decent copy but as with so many films this month I'm not holding my breath.
There's a complete description of the plot here (pg. 236-) - https://books.google.com.br/books?id=Gq ... lm&f=false -, followed by a critique. Very, very helpful guide to the city misadventures of these Bashu ancestors.
OldAle1 wrote:b) Arbaïn (Naser Taghvai, 1970)

Thanks to jd for mentioning this, I might not have gotten to it this month otherwise. A fascinating visual and aural experience, a strange ceremony - religious, the little IMDb description says but I honestly couldn't tell - most of which consists of a hundred or so shirtless guys arranged in rings around a singer, thumping their chests rhythmically with their right hands while holding onto the belt loop of the guy on their left. The singer was just wonderful, certainly it sounded like some kind of traditional religious music, and it didn't sound like Farsi to me either though I'm certainly no expert. There are also some nice shots of architecture, tile work, carpets, etc. No real audible spoken dialogue, so no subs, but it would have been nice to have more context to the nice images and sounds.
Even more helpful and elucidating: an extraordinarily informative and well-written essay on several ethnographic documentaries, including 'Arbaïn' with all its many mysteries unveiled - https://www.academia.edu/25254744/Chapt ... umentaries

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Post by 3eyes » May 24th, 2019, 12:35 am

In addition to what I have so far watched for this challenge, reported or not, I have seen the following highly recommended, no-account films:

Friendly Persuasion: Iranian Cinema After the 1979 Revolution (US 00)
The lost cinema (Iranian new wave before the revolution) (US 07) - not on IMDb
A cinema of discontent (US 13)
A walk with Kiarostami (US 03, short)
(Documentaries by Jamsheed Akrami, all included in Kino's 2019 2-DVD set Iranian Cinema Before & After Revolution)

A cinema of discontent
concerns contemporary film censorship in Iran and how filmmakers deal with it.
The lost cinema shows how repressive the Shah's regime was (I guess this is the kind of "regime change" our peerless leader and his minions want?)
Of course prerevolutionary prorevolutionary films are now banned for not being islamic enough.
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Post by OldAle1 » May 24th, 2019, 3:57 pm

Walnuts, Roses and PoetryShow

Day 1 - Genre films 1965/7

1. Shabe ghuzi / Night of the Hunchback (Farokh Ghafari, 1965)
2. Ganje qarun / Croesus' Treasure (Syamak Yasami, 1965)
3. Vampir, Zan-e khoon-asham / The Female Vampire (Mostafa Oskooyi, 1967)

Day 2 - Iranian noir, 1961

4. Faryade nimeshab / The Midnight Terror (Samuel Khachikian, 1961)

Day 3 - Going West; Going to Tehran 1968/70

5. Ed ora... raccomanda l'anima a Dio! / Mardaneh bekosh / Stranger Say Your Prayers / etc, etc (Demofilo Fidani, 1968)
6. Aghaye Halou / Mr. Naive (Dariush Mehrjui, 1970)

Day 4 - Kimiai and Naderi in the early 70s

7. Reza motori / Reza, the Motorcylist (Masud Kiimiai, 1970)
8. Dash akol (Masud Kimiai, 1971)
9. Saz Dahani / Harmonica (Amir Naderi, 1974)

Day 5 - Farmanara's historical fiction

10. Shazdeh Ehtejab / Prince Ehtejab (Bahman Farmanara, 1974)

Day 6 - three auteurs in the 70s

11. Postchi / The Postman (Dariush Mehrjui, 1972)
12. Gharibeh Va Meh / Stranger and the Fog (Bahram Beizai, 1976)
13. Dar Ghorbat / In der Fremde / Far From Home (Sohrab Shaheed Saless, 1975)

Day 7 - Aslani and Mehrjui, mid-70s

14. Shatranje bad / The Chess Game of the Wind (Mohammad Reza Aslani, 1976)
15. Dayereh mina / The Cycle (Dariush Mehrjui, 1977)

Day 8 - Before the Revolution

16. Baghé sanngui / The Garden of Stones (Parviz Kimiavi, 1976)
17. Karevanha / Caravans (James Fargo, 1978)
18. Sooteh-Delan / Desiderium (Ali Hatami, 1978)

Day 9 - 60s-70s shorts; Revolution

19. SHORTS 15 + 11 + 19 + 9 + 14 = 68 minutes

a) Tappe-haye Marlik / The Hills of Marlik (Ebrahim Golestan, 1963) (re-watch)
b) Ars Poetica (Khosrow Sinai, 1967)
c) Sardi Ahan / Cold Iron (Khosrow Sinai, 1969)
d) Aan ke khial baft, aan ke amal kard / The One Who Dreamt, the One Who Acted (Morteza Momayyez, 1971)
e) Zang-e Tafrih / The Breaktime (Abbas Kiarostami, 1972)

20. Baraye azadi / For Freedom (Hossein Torabi, 1979)

Day 10 - Revolution's Aftermath, Bureaucracy and Comedy

21. Jostoju / The Search (Amir Naderi, 1980)
22. Hamshahri / Fellow Citizen (Abbas Kiarostami, 1983)
23. Hajji Washington (Ali Hatami, 1983)

Day 11 - 1980s Obscurities

24. Khane-ye Ankaboot / The House of Spider (Alireza Davoudnejad, 1983)
25. Saman (Ahmad Nikazur, 1986)

Day 12 - Wacky Comedy from Dariush Mehrjui

26. Ejareh-Nesheenha / The Tenants (Dariush Mehrjui, 1987)

Day 13 - Late 80s - about films & crimes & kids

27. Shabah-e kazhdom / Spectre of the Scorpion (Kianoush Ayari, 1987)
28. Bibi chelchele / Granny Swallow (Kiumars Poorahmad, 1986)

Day 14 - Late 80s, Hemingway & kids - a 70s short detour

29. Nakhoda Khorshid / Captain Khorshid (Naser Taghvai, 1987)
30. SHORTS II 34 + 21 + 10 = 65 minutes

a) Safar / Journey (Bahram Beizai, 1972)
b) Arbaïn (Naser Taghvai, 1970)
c) Rokh / The Rook (Ali Akbar Sadeghi, 1974)

31. Kelid / The Key (Ebrahim Forouzesh, 1987)

Day 15

32. Sorb / The Lead (Masud Kimiai, 1989)

Days 16, 17, 19, 20

FUCK MOVIES.



Day 18 - War and Poetry, 1989

33. Mohajer - The Immigrant (Ebrahim Hatamikia, 1989)
34. Nar-o-nay / Pomegranate and Cane (Saeed Ebrahimifar, 1989)

Day 21 - the 1990s and Need

35. Niaz / The Need (Alireza Davoudnejad, 1992)

Day 22 - more rural poverty, 90s style

36. Khomreh / The Jar (Ebrahim Forouzesh, 1992)
Top Viewings So FarShow

1. Bashu, gharibeye koochak / Bashu, the Little Stranger (Bahram Beizai, 1989)
2. Jostoju / The Search (Amir Naderi, 1980)

3. Gharibeh Va Meh / Stranger and the Fog (Bahram Beizai, 1976)
4. Baghé sanngui / The Garden of Stones (Parviz Kimiavi, 1976)
5. Ars Poetica (Khosrow Sinai, 1967)
6. Aghaye Halou / Mr. Naive (Dariush Mehrjui, 1970)
Day 23 - a Beizai Masterpiece

37. Bashu, gharibeye koochak / Bashu, the Little Stranger (Bahram Beizai, 1989)

While I've loved this director's work since first seeing Ragbar / Downpour seven years ago, and have seen that love confirmed with every single subsequent film I've seen, I continued to be a little hesitant about viewing this, his best-known film, I guess because it looked like another one of those struggling/lost kid movies, and while many examples in this large Iranian genre are really good - just from Panai, Makhmalbaf, Majidi and Kiarostami there are well over a dozen worthy examples - I've also seen plenty of dull or at the least underwhelming, just-ok films that push the moralizing and the triumph of the spirit elements too much. So even though Beizai was rapidly becoming a favorite, I stayed away from this one, maybe because I feared it would be something like a "sell out", if that term even has any meaning in this cinema.

I needn't have worried. Not only is this another worthy film in a great director's portfolio, it might just be his best work, or at the very least in a close tie with Mosaferan and Ragbar. It is, like much of the best of post-revolutionary cinema, a deceptively simple story, in this case the tale of Bashu, a young (maybe 10) boy who escapes from his war-bombed village by hiding out in a truck, and, falling asleep, winds up in a completely different part of the country where his language (Arabic) isn't spoken and people look askance at him for that reason and his dark skin - this is I think the first Iranian film I've seen that deals in any way with color-based racism, though it is less significant to the people of the small village area he ends up in then his overall strangeness. He winds up on a farm run by a woman whose husband is away, and who is raising a boy and girl younger than Bashu alone, while trying to tend her fields of grain and chickens, and a strange relationship develops. On the surface, this is a kind of love story, the love of a mother for a defenseless and hopeless kid who has come into her life, and his more resistant love for the family and ultimately the community, but there are some strange elements here that defy easy explanations - the mother seems to be able to talk to animals (birds and dogs at least) and her position within the village seems to oscillate between being respected for her determination and very forceful personality, and rejected for her weirdness. Bashu seems torn also between this new world that he doesn't really understand and regular visions of his dead mother - some of which one gets the sense are actually "real". The issue of language is dealt with in ways that I don't know that I've seen; while Bashu doesn't initially speak the town's tongue (Gilaki, a northern language related to but quite distinct from Farsi), it turns out he's literate and can phonetically pronounce the words in an old schoolbook that present a nationalistic pro-Iran sentiment, which is part of the road to his acceptance in the town. And Naii, the mother, is illiterate herself and uses an old town elder to send letters to her husband, who is away working somewhere else but who we get the sense might not be telling her the whole truth in his letters - as she turn out to be doing the same herself. And then there's the talking to animals stuff: it is not made explicit, in the sense that we don't really know if Naii (or other characters, later) are really "speaking" with or understanding the other species, but it gives the whole film a sort of mystical, lightly fantastic feel, like this family somehow understands and interacts with nature and the world in ways that most of us can't.

But the most important part of the story is the relationship of Bashu and Naii, and while Beizai's writing and directing are faultless and the narrative and the feel for the natural world and village life are beautifully real, it would not work half so well if not for the performances of Adnan Afravian as Bashu - his only film role if we're to believe IMDb - and especially Beizai regular Susan Taslimi as Naii, in a wild and enormously powerful and original portrayal. Taslimi was a huge part of the success of the director's previous*, somewhat Hitchcockian mystery Shayad Vaghti Deegar / Maybe Some Other Time but she's even better here, utterly dominating every scene she's in with some of the most intense and penetrating eyes in film history; sadly for Iranian cinema it was her last role in her native land as she left it for Sweden soon afterwards where she continues to work today. This is one of the best performances I've seen in Iranian cinema and maybe the best I've seen this year in any first-time viewing, and the film was for me remarkable from start to finish. I think I can safely say at this point that Beizai is my favorite living Iranian director, and not far behind any recently-dead director from the country that one might name.

* Previously released. Doing some reading I see that Bashu was completed in 1986, but shelved for 3 years due to the war - apparently making films showing war's tragedies was frowned on while the country was still fighting.

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Post by 3eyes » May 24th, 2019, 4:50 pm

Oh, I loved that movie - just found it on youtube so maybe I can rewatch it before it gets confiscated.
:run: STILL the Gaffer!

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