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The Official Iran Challenge - May 2019

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Post by 3eyes » May 13th, 2019, 2:01 am

3. Zanan-e bedun-e mardan / Women without men (Int’l 09)
International production (mainly Germany) but in Farsi with Iranian directors/cast, based on Iranian feminist novel.
I guess this may be my all-time favorite feminist film. It's also the only one I've come across which deals with Mossadegh and the coup that unseated him - which happened my senior year in high school. (If anyone can recommend other films about that period I'd be grateful.)
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1. Shabhaye roshan / White nights (Iran 03)
2. Inja bedoone man / Here without me (Iran 11)
3. Zanan-e bedun-e mardan / Women without men (Int’l 09)
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Post by flavo5000 » May 13th, 2019, 2:17 am

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4. Sib (1998)
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1. Mahi va gorbeh (2013)
2. ZAR (2017)
3. Zendegi va digar hich (1992)
4. Sib (1998)
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Post by maxwelldeux » May 13th, 2019, 4:06 am

3eyes wrote:
May 13th, 2019, 2:01 am
3. Zanan-e bedun-e mardan / Women without men (Int’l 09)
International production (mainly Germany) but in Farsi with Iranian directors/cast, based on Iranian feminist novel.
I guess this may be my all-time favorite feminist film. It's also the only one I've come across which deals with Mossadegh and the coup that unseated him - which happened my senior year in high school. (If anyone can recommend other films about that period I'd be grateful.)
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1. Shabhaye roshan / White nights (Iran 03)
2. Inja bedoone man / Here without me (Iran 11)
3. Zanan-e bedun-e mardan / Women without men (Int’l 09)
I just informed my wife that she (and I) will be watching this film in the coming days... will report back when that has been accomplished.

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Post by cinephage » May 13th, 2019, 9:22 am

02. Gaav, by Dariush Mehrjuhi (1969) 8/10

Beautifully shot. I found this countryside story haunting and deeply saddening...
Picked up olives... (01)Show
01. Talaye sorkh, by Jafar Panahi (2003) 9/10

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Post by OldAle1 » May 13th, 2019, 2:21 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)

Abbas (Ezzatolah Entezami in his fifth role for Mehrjui) is the landlord - owner? - of a four-story apartment building, each floor tenanted by one family or individual, on the outskirts of Tehran. I put owner with a question because there's a conflict over the ownership and rights to occupancy that is at the heart of this very loud, abrasive and misanthropic comedy in which nobody comes out looking particularly good at the end except perhaps the workers hired by some of the tenants to do some fix-up work on the deteriorating building that Abbas won't do himself. There are also mysterious owners who may or may not be dead somewhere outside of the country, and this puts everything in question as Abbas is trying to sell the building, hopefully to some nouveau-riche person who wants to build in the developing areas far from the center of the congested city. Obviously much of this is a satirical look at the growth of this mega-city and the haphazard, legally dubious ways in which people like Abbas come to be making decisions about real estate with little knowledge or training (he owns a butcher shop as his principle trade). I found this wearying at times with all the shouting and screaming and running around, for nearly 2 hours - not entirely my style of comedy, and I don't think it's a place where Mehrjui feels most comfortable either - but I like Entezami (looking completely different here without his usual beard) and the rest of the cast and some of the more serious underpinnings are pretty interesting and quite universal. Not for me one of Mehrjui's best but certainly worthwhile. This was a pretty good clear copy with decent if sometimes un-idiomatic subs; I will only mention the video or sub quality in the future if it's substandard, as from the mid-80s on most stuff will be pretty watchable.

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Post by 3eyes » May 13th, 2019, 2:45 pm

cinephage wrote:
May 13th, 2019, 9:22 am
02. Gaav, by Dariush Mehrjuhi (1969) 8/10

Beautifully shot. I found this countryside story haunting and deeply saddening...
Picked up olives... (01)Show
01. Talaye sorkh, by Jafar Panahi (2003) 9/10
Oh, yeah. all-around astonishing.

(Sorry, now I'm imagining the Hollywood remake - counts for the Western challenge?)
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Post by 72allinncallme » May 13th, 2019, 8:34 pm

4. Mogholha / The Mongols (1973)
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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)

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Post by Nathan Treadway » May 14th, 2019, 2:50 am

1. Shabah-e kazhdom

Finally breaking through on this challenge. 24 more to go to get to Bronze. I'm gonna make it, despite a late start. Watch and see. :)

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Post by OldAle1 » May 14th, 2019, 3:08 am

Nathan Treadway wrote:
May 14th, 2019, 2:50 am
1. Shabah-e kazhdom

Finally breaking through on this challenge. 24 more to go to get to Bronze. I'm gonna make it, despite a late start. Watch and see. :)
Welcome aboard, you can do it! I'm hoping to get to Silver by the end of this myself though I have so many other things to watch it'll be tricky. And I just watched the one you're starting with a few hours ago myself.

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Post by Nathan Treadway » May 14th, 2019, 4:44 am

OldAle1 wrote:
May 14th, 2019, 3:08 am
Nathan Treadway wrote:
May 14th, 2019, 2:50 am
1. Shabah-e kazhdom

Finally breaking through on this challenge. 24 more to go to get to Bronze. I'm gonna make it, despite a late start. Watch and see. :)
Welcome aboard, you can do it! I'm hoping to get to Silver by the end of this myself though I have so many other things to watch it'll be tricky. And I just watched the one you're starting with a few hours ago myself.
I know.. I followed your lead. :)

I'm actually curious to see how far into the list I can go. I know I can't get to platinum, gold may be doable, but, very difficult. A lot of the films on that list are either unavailable (not many), in extremely poor quality and/or unsubbed. I guess that's just the general nature of Iranian films, though, but, you already know this. It's a shame, as almost everything I've seen I absolutely love...

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Post by jeroeno » May 14th, 2019, 5:10 am

18. Ajans-E Shisheh-I (The Glass Agency) (1999)

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Post by sol » May 14th, 2019, 2:25 pm

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1. Under the Shadow (2016)
2. Fireworks Wednesday (2006)
3. Mossafer / Traveler (1974)
4. Offside (2006)
5. Homework (1989)

6. Fellow Citizen (1983)

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The point of this Kiarostami documentary seems to be the ridiculousness of closing a road leading to a hospital and the limited difference it makes (other than creating stress) since many still weasel in without a permit. It is an interesting subject, but as per fellow 80s Kiarostami documentary Homework, the film quickly becomes repetitive with the motorists offering similar excuses with similar results - and the insight is not as potent as the casual child abuse revealed in Homework. This is Kiarostami's lowest rated feature length film on IMDb and it is easy to see why. Filming entirely in close-up, he keeps everything intense and emotion-ridden, but with so much repetition, this may have been more effective as a short.
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Post by OldAle1 » May 14th, 2019, 2:57 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)

The whole life-imitating-art, art-imitating-life theme has surely been done an awful lot in Iranian film, enough that one might call it one of the great themes of this cinema. The very earliest Iranian film I've seen, or probably that most people have seen, the 1933 silent Haji Agha actore cinema is about a filmmaker trying to make a film that will show that cinema is "Godly" - by surreptitiously filming a conservative businessman and making him a "star". So it seems to have always been a very self-aware, maybe self-involved art in Iran. This is an interesting if not entirely successful take on the notion, in which aspiring young filmmaker Mahmoud decides to fund the film he wants to make by robbing a jewelry store - in exactly the way he's written it in his screenplay. But the robbery (which goes on a bit too long and threatens to deaden the more thriller-like aspects of the film) is only the beginning of his own obsession with turning art into life as it turns out, and his "lead actor" and brother-in-law soon are involved in trying to figure out how and where he's going to act out the rest of his screenplay. I liked the idea, and a lot of the more comic bits - like the scene where Hassan, the friend, breaks out of his role in a scene he's filming for another director and attacks another actor who is supposed to have just killed his character, and I thought some of the chase sequences were well done, but in the end I'm not sure it really gelled into a cohesive psychological portrait of the madness of movies, which I think is what it was aiming for.

28. Bibi chelchele / Granny Swallow (Kiumars Poorahmad, 1986)

Most of what we non-Iranians see of the cinema is the "arthouse" stuff - this is true for many foreign cinemas of course but it seems more obviously the case with Iran than any other I can think of, which may be at least part of the reason why Iranian cinema as a whole has a high reputation given it's only medium-sized output (50-80 features per year - at most) and the heavy restrictions. But they do make stuff beyond the Kiarostami/Panahi/Farhadi axis, in particular they make lots of typically propagandistic war movies, and lots of cute kid movies - and these are, from what I've seen, no higher quality on average that domestic genre productions from elsewhere. In the case of the kid movies, maybe worse, because there always seems to be a heavy moral in these films - not necessarily a specifically Islamic one, more of a TREAT PEOPLE NICE AND YOU WILL BE A GOOD PERSON kind of simple platitude. And that's this film, a simple story about a young man reflecting on his childhood friendship with Javad, a gruff older truck driver in the small village he grows up in who becomes his only friend apart from a tree he has named "Swallow" where his dead grandmother's spirit seems to reside - hence the title. Javad teaches him all the important life lessons about, uh, tolerating his mother and bitter crippled father when they beat him regularly, and just being nice to everybody, and the kid fucking smiles this same stupid grin all the fucking time, and then when everything is nicely wrapped up
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Javad gets hit by a train and dies
. This is not quite as mawkish or dull as I remember Kiseye Berendj (1997) being, though it is maybe even more manipulative and tear-jerking, and it's really nicely shot in vibrant early-autumn colors, and I guess Davoud Rashidi isn't bad as Javad, but it was pretty tiresome overall.

Advice for the day: if you come across an Iranian film about kids, and you've never heard of it, it's not from one of the more famous directors, and it has only a few checks, it's probably skippable.

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Post by 3eyes » May 14th, 2019, 3:06 pm

Just got a 2-DVD set of docs with collective title Iran Cinema: Before and after the revolution by Jamsheed Akrami, Iranian-born now teaching at a college in NJ. Friendly Persuasion (2000), A walk with Kiarostami (2003, short), The lost cinema (2007), A cinema of discontent (2013). Don't suppose it will count for this challenge, but I look forward to watching it.
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Post by OldAle1 » May 14th, 2019, 3:15 pm

3eyes wrote:
May 14th, 2019, 3:06 pm
Just got a 2-DVD set of docs with collective title Iran Cinema: Before and after the revolution by Jamsheed Akrami, Iranian-born now teaching at a college in NJ. Friendly Persuasion (2000), A walk with Kiarostami (2003, short), The lost cinema (2007), A cinema of discontent (2013). Don't suppose it will count for this challenge, but I look forward to watching it.
Looks like interesting stuff. I may order it myself and while no, it won't count for the challenge, that shouldn't stop anyone from watching it or writing something about it. Especially given how important documentaries are within Iranian cinema.

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Post by jdidaco » May 14th, 2019, 7:26 pm

(I'm also enjoying reading your reviews, OldAle1. Great work!)

Bahman Farmanara double-bill,

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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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

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Post by 72allinncallme » May 14th, 2019, 9:21 pm

5. Bad ma ra khahad bord / The Wind Will Carry Us (1999)
6. Gilane (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)

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Post by OldAle1 » May 15th, 2019, 3:34 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)

Khorshid (Dariush Arjmand in a brooding, powerful performance) is a boat owner on the Persian Gulf who's been smuggling contraband cigarettes, but in the first scene of the film he's ratted out and his haul is burned on the dock. He's desperate for money so when a shady businessman approaches him with the proposition to smuggle people across the Gulf, he reluctantly agrees, and eventually gets involved in even more shady smuggling deals, until his life is in danger. If this basic plot sounds familiar it may be because you've seen or read To Have and Have Not, or one of the other versions of the original Hemingway story. In addition to changing the location, obviously, this version also focuses almost entirely on Khorshid, leaving few scenes with his wife, and the aura of doom and fate is even more prominent - in the Hollywood films (which include my favorite, The Breaking Point) the Hayes Code mandated something that might not have been a happy ending, but certainly didn't have the aura of implacability that increasingly dominates here. It's a solid effort but I do miss the female elements and the sense that our hero might have some power over his own destiny in the American versions; for once Hollywood did it better.

30. SHORTS II 34 + 21 + 10 = 65 minutes

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.

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.

c) Rokh / The Rook (Ali Akbar Sadeghi, 1974)

Cute little animated chess game, nothing extraordinary but amusing. No Queens in Persian chess it seems, I guess that's not too surprising.

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

Written and edited by Abbas Kiarostami, this bears many of the hallmarks of his work during and before this period, though it's pared down to just about the simplest plot possible for even a short (76 minute) feature - a small boy is locked in his third-floor apartment with his infant brother as their mom goes out shopping, and has to deal with all kinds of small misfortunes, like not having enough milk for the baby, having to change him, and dealing with an overflowing pot on the stove. This is cute and very well put together and offers another fine example of great kid acting that you see in the work of Kiarostami and some of his disciples, and there's actually something of a sense of excitement that builds as we wonder whether the kids' mom will come back and whether Amir Mohammad, who is only maybe 6-7 himself, will be able to keep the gas on the stove from filling up the apartment, or find and capture the key to the door which is probably on a coat rack far above his head. It doesn't necessarily add up to all that much and certainly lacks something of the moral engagements that are so common in Kiarostami's work, and in Iranian arthouse cinema in general, but it's quite lovely for what it is, and thankfully doesn't overstay it's welcome.

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Post by OldAle1 » May 15th, 2019, 5:00 pm

WEEK 2 STATUS REPORT

Participants

So far just 13 folks with 88 total points representing 85 different films. OldAle1 (31) and jeroeno (18) hold strong leads over 4 people with 6 points each.

Directors/Films

Abbas Kiarostami takes the lead with 11 points for 8 different films, with Dariush Mehrjui in second with 8 points for 8 distinct works, and Jafar Panahi and Naser Taghvai tied for third with 6, though it should be noted that 4 of Taghvai's points come from shorts.

Kianoush Ayari's Shabah-e kazhdom and Samira Makhmalbaf's Sib have each received three viewings - the only viewings for either director; also Samira's film represents 3/4 of the points for her whole prolific fillmmaking family thus far - c'mon guys & gals, watch some Makhmalbaf shit!

Decades

The 1930s and 1950s show 1 each and I doubt those numbers will increase much.

1960s - 11
1970s - 26
1980s - 20
1990s - 11
2000s - 18
2010s - 7

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Post by 72allinncallme » May 15th, 2019, 9:23 pm

7. Bicycleran / The Cyclist (1987)
8. Leila (1997)
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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)

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Post by jeroeno » May 16th, 2019, 5:17 am

19. Aramesh dar Hozur Deegaran (Tranquility in the Presence of Others) (1973)
20. Saz Dahani (Harmonica) (1974)

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Post by Nathan Treadway » May 16th, 2019, 1:16 pm

OldAle1 wrote:
May 15th, 2019, 5:00 pm
Kianoush Ayari's Shabah-e kazhdom and Samira Makhmalbaf's Sib have each received three viewings - the only viewings for either director; also Samira's film represents 3/4 of the points for her whole prolific fillmmaking family thus far - c'mon guys & gals, watch some Makhmalbaf shit!
I don't know about watching any of the women's' stuff this month, but, I'm pretty sure I have some of Mohsen's lined up.

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Post by flavo5000 » May 16th, 2019, 2:37 pm

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5. Le passé (2013) a.k.a. The Past

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6. Ed ora... raccomanda l'anima a Dio! (1968) a.k.a. And Now... Make Your Peace with God
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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)
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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)
32. Sorb / The Lead (Masud Kimiai, 1989)

Interesting but ultimately only intermittently successful period piece set in 1948, in Tehran and on the coast (Caspian Sea? not clear), about a couple of Iranian Jews, Daniel and Munes, who want to emigrate to the new state of Israel but are rejected for apparently scurrilous lies and made-up reasons. The man, Daniel, has an uncle who is suspected of betraying the Jewish state and forging documents and an attack is made on him, witnessed by the couple, who flee. Unfortunately an innocent bystander living across the way is accused of the crime and incarcerated, and that man's brother Nouri, a journalist, steps in to try to help his brother, and find the couple who can exonerate him. I watched this late and tired and it seemed pretty convoluted but thinking about it now and re-watching the first few minutes it's clearer. On the plus side the bright neon-inflected neo-noir feel to the Tehran sets, combined with a more grim and desolate seaside element is fairly attractive, and there's lots of fairly brutal (at least for this cinema) action; on the minus, some of the motivations just don't seem very real, and the film has a very muddled attitude towards Jews it seems to me, on the one hand being dedicated to "all the Jews scattered around the world" - on the other hand all the Jewish characters in the film are either murderous thugs or weak; then again the Iranian Muslim characters don't really come across as particularly wonderful either apart perhaps from our journalist-protagonist Nouri - and he may have murdered his wife so he's not off the hook either. Kind of a muddle, morally and politically speaking, but I think this was the first film dealing with this period that I've seen from Iran so certainly a worthwhile watch.

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Post by Knaldskalle » May 16th, 2019, 3:00 pm

7. Tranquility in the Presence of Others (Taghvai, 1973). I have to be honest, an art film with terrible PQ and AQ ended with me mentally tuning out. It makes some jumps in the narrative that are really jarring, not helping its cause.

8. And Life Goes On (Kiarostami, 1992). I started watching this the evening before Criterion declared that they'll include in their collection. It's a wonderfully self-referential movie depicting a "director" who returns to Koker shortly after a massive earthquake to find the boy who was in "Where Is My Friend's Home?"

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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)
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Post by 3eyes » May 16th, 2019, 7:28 pm

OldAle1 wrote:c) Rokh / The Rook (Ali Akbar Sadeghi, 1974)

Cute little animated chess game, nothing extraordinary but amusing. No Queens in Persian chess it seems, I guess that's not too surprising.
Just noticed this - So how can you play chess without queens? By making them counselors. (Lady Macbeth?)
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Post by 72allinncallme » May 16th, 2019, 9:39 pm

9. Rang-e khoda / The Color of Paradise (1999)
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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)

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Post by Nathan Treadway » May 16th, 2019, 10:13 pm

3eyes wrote:
May 16th, 2019, 7:28 pm
OldAle1 wrote:c) Rokh / The Rook (Ali Akbar Sadeghi, 1974)

Cute little animated chess game, nothing extraordinary but amusing. No Queens in Persian chess it seems, I guess that's not too surprising.
Just noticed this - So how can you play chess without queens? By making them counselors. (Lady Macbeth?)
You made me go and read this. Basically, it's a precursor to Chess. Interesting, if you are interested.

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Post by 3eyes » May 16th, 2019, 11:23 pm

Nathan Treadway wrote:
May 16th, 2019, 10:13 pm
3eyes wrote:
May 16th, 2019, 7:28 pm
OldAle1 wrote:c) Rokh / The Rook (Ali Akbar Sadeghi, 1974)

Cute little animated chess game, nothing extraordinary but amusing. No Queens in Persian chess it seems, I guess that's not too surprising.
Just noticed this - So how can you play chess without queens? By making them counselors. (Lady Macbeth?)
You made me go and read this. Basically, it's a precursor to Chess. Interesting, if you are interested.
Thanks! Interesting indeed.
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Post by blocho » May 17th, 2019, 4:53 am

1. The Salesman
2. Salaam Cinema

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Post by Knaldskalle » May 17th, 2019, 10:35 pm

9. Fireworks Wednesday (Farhadi, 2006). I did not anticipate the emotional impact of this domestic drama. It doesn't quite come together for me at the end, but it does like 95% just right. Good 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)
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Post by 72allinncallme » May 17th, 2019, 10:47 pm

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)
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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)

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Post by Nathan Treadway » May 18th, 2019, 12:32 am

2. Sooteh-Delen AKA Desiderium (1978)
3. Ganje Qarun AKA Croesus' Treasure (1965)
4. Shabe Ghuzi AKA Night of the Hunchback (1965)
5. Baghe Sangui AKA The Garden of Stones (1976)
6. Banoo-Ye Ordibehesht AKA The May Lady (1998) This one comes highly recommended. Basically, it's about a documentary filmmaker looking for the greatest mother. Although it isn't a documentary in itself (I don't think), it often feels like it is. Like most Iranian films, really oozes with humanity.

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Post by 3eyes » May 18th, 2019, 1:48 am

4. ABC Africa (Iran 01)
I have to sleep on this one.
DVD includes Irish documentary Abbas Kiarostami: The art of living (03, 55m). AK isn't my favorite Iranian director by a long shot, but this doc is helpful (for those of us who confuse him with Akira Kurosawa and Aki Kaurismäki).

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1. Shabhaye roshan / White nights (Iran 03)
2. Inja bedoone man / Here without me (Iran 11)
3. Zanan-e bedun-e mardan / Women without men (Int’l 09)
4. ABC Africa (Iran 01)
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Post by sol » May 18th, 2019, 5:01 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)

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Asghar Farhadi shrouds this film about a sexually assaulted actress in mystery as we never see the assault ourselves. Why does she want the matter dropped? Why does she keep changing her mind as to whether she saw her assailant's face, and why did he flee without his keys, phone and car? The solution is not as intriguing as the build-up with several red herrings, but the plot turns result in complex moral dilemmas as Farhadi encourages us to see all sides. The assault itself becomes a tad trivialised, but there is lots to like in the shades of grey here and lead actor Shahab Hosseini is superb.
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Post by sol » May 18th, 2019, 6:47 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)

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As the young blind protagonist here claims that "eyes distract you" and finds innate beauty in the sounds he hears, this film provides a thought-provoking look at what it might be like to experience the world blind. There is not really much in the way of plot though with the film basically consisting of various episodes in which a "pretty voice" or musical rhythm distracts him and leads to him getting lost. The child performances are very good though, and with lots of shots of the characters from side-on and extreme close-ups of here and there, it is also quite a unique-looking movie.
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Post by sol » May 18th, 2019, 10:59 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)

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Filmed in Iran but set in a fictitious Islamic nation, the first half of this movie mostly consists of its American protagonist encountering every local custom and ritual with bafflement at how barbaric and backwards they seem to him. Then there is a stretch dedicated him to him making the shock (!) discovery of the limited rights of married women. Jennifer O'Neill admittedly has a quite a decent character here, still finding a place in the world and her reluctance to write home is understandable. The overall film feels so xenophobic though that the country name change only makes sense.
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Post by 3eyes » May 18th, 2019, 1:32 pm

sol wrote:
May 18th, 2019, 10:59 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)

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Filmed in Iran but set in a fictitious Islamic nation, the first half of this movie mostly consists of its American protagonist encountering every local custom and ritual with bafflement at how barbaric and backwards they seem to him. Then there is a stretch dedicated him to him making the shock (!) discovery of the limited rights of married women. Jennifer O'Neill admittedly has a quite a decent character here, still finding a place in the world and her reluctance to write home is understandable. The overall film feels so xenophobic though that the country name change only makes sense.
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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?"
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Post by 72allinncallme » May 18th, 2019, 9:41 pm

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)
SpoilerShow
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)

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Post by 3eyes » May 19th, 2019, 1:17 am

This doesn't count, but in case anyone is interested:

Mossadegh (US 11, short) - student film about Mossadegh's time in house arrest - Amazon Prime
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