Friday, March 1, 2013

50 Essential Iranian Films

Amir Arsalan-e namdar (Shapur Yasami, 1954)

From Keframe, Fandor's journal of cinema:

Houshang Golmakani is the editor-in-chief of the Iranian Film Monthly, the first post-revolution film journal in Iran which, amazingly, has survived for 30 years. Aside from his full-time presence in the office of Film Monthly in downtown Tehran, he has written books on Iranian cinema and directed Stardust Stricken (1996) about Mohsen Makhmalbaf. This list doesn't necessarily represent the monuments of Iranian art-house cinema, but it is something of a map for those curious cinephiles who want to know more about Iranian cinema as a very special and somehow unique film industry. It is important to know that Iranian national cinema is not limited to names like Kiarostami, Makhmalbaf or Panahi. Aside from the work of great filmmakers with artistic ambitions since 1960s, there are certain kinds of commercial films that deserve attention, especially considering the fact that some of them present the “national genres” at their best. So let’s say this: here are 50 films that are essential to understanding Iranian cinema.

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