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A cinematheque for Mashhad, 2007. Designed by Ehsan Khoshbakht

Ehsan Khoshbakht is a film curator, filmmaker, writer and architect.

Ehsan is the co-director of Il Cinema Ritrovato film festival in Bologna, Italy. He has curated or co-curated programmes dedicated to film and jazz, Iranian pre-revolutionary cinema, John Stahl, Henry King, Frank Tuttle, Stuart Heisler and George Stevens in Bologna, London, Berlin, Barcelona, Ankara, Copenhagen, Helsinki, Basel and beyond. More on his curatorial work here.

Architect by training, Ehsan writes books and essays on film.

His first feature-length documentary as a director, Filmfarsi, was made in 2019 and screened at many film festivals, including Rotterdam, Cambridge, Cairo, Athens, IndieLisboa. (See the trailer below.)

Ehsan's short documentary, Duke Ellington in Isfahan, which was made for BBC television in 2018, was selected for Telluride Film Festival 2021.

He formerly edited the arts quarterly Underline for the British Council. The past issues of the magazine can be accessed here.

Ehsan's latest book, Asghar Farhadi: Interviews is was published on January 2023 by the University Press of Mississippi. For other books authored, edited or prefaced by Ehsan, see below or visit this page.

Ehsan used to write for and maintain a blog on jazz, Take the "A" Train, between 2009 and 2021.

His podcasts in jazz (in Persian only) can be accessed on this website where you can find all the 25 episodes of jazz show Ehsan produced in 2011-12.

For contacting Ehsan, use the "contact me" (left hand side bar) section of  this page

The US DVD release of Filmfarsi +

Asghar Farhadi: Interviews (2023), University Press of Mississippi

Sky Belongs to Us: European Films and Filmmakers (2023)

Essay on Chess of the Wind for the Criterion blu-ray release of the film

Playing the Camera: "Music Films" from Bach to Bob Dylan (2021)

The Age of Innocence: The Studio Era Revisited (2021)

The Art of Movie Posters (2014)

The Westerns (2014)

Celluloid Architecture (2009)

Didgah [British Cinema in Iran: a brief history] (2015, as contributor)

2017 (as contributor)

2019 (as contributor)

Underline magazine (2017-2019)



8: Filmfarsi screens at Barbican +
8: Lecture at the BFI Southbank: How to Make a Retrospective


20: Introducing None But the Lonely Heart at Cary Grant Comes Home for the Weekend Festival in Bristol.
14: How Dare You Have Such a Rubbish Wish (dir: Mania Akbari, 2022), based on a script by me premieres at IDFA.


30: Introducing See You Friday, RobinsonSzyfry at Closeup Cinema in London
25: Introducing One Way Street (Hugo Fregonese, 1950) in Morelia, Mexico.
23: Viennale podcast on Iranian cinema
21-23: Introducing various screenings of films by Ebrahim Golestan at the Viennale.
20: Review of The Gravedigger's Wife for Sight & Sound
19: Introducing Brick & Mirror at Ritzy Cinema in London
19: Moderating Q&A with filmmaker Mitra Farahani at Closeup Cinema in London after the screening of See You Friday, Robinson


29: Iranian Subversive Documentaries at the Cube in Bristol. Hosted by BEEF.
12: Introducing The Carriage Driver (Nosrat Karimi, 1971) at Forum des Images, Paris
10: Introducing Diamond 33 (Dariush Mehrjui, 1966) at Forum des Images, Paris
9: Introducing Filmfarsi + Midnight Terror AKA Cry of Midnight at Forum des Images, Paris


Introduction to Chess of the Wind at Cinema Rediscovered in Bristol


Hugo Fregonese retrospective in Bologna
George Stevens retrospective at Athens Avant Garde Film festival


24: I'll be introducing a screening of Memories of Underdevelopment at Closeup Cinema in London.

1: My blu-ray review of Jazz on a Summer's Day at the May issue of Sight & Sound.

Duke Ellington in Isfahan plays at É Tudo Verdade film festival in Brazil.


Niels Kristian Bonde Jensen has interviewed me during my brief stay in Copenhagen. His article featuring passages of the interview (in Danish) can be read here: Afbrudte revolutioner

DEN GLEMTE REVOLUTION: IRANSK FILM FØR 1979 which I have curated for the cinematheque in Copenhagen plays during February and March. I shall be introducing some film in the second half of March.


I had the delightful and challenging experience of translating À vendredi, Robinson (Mitra Farahani, 2022), featuring Jean-Luc Godard and Ebrahim Golestan. It'll premiere at the Berlinale on February 11.

The Prose-Poetry Cinema of Ebrahim Golestan in the March issue of Sight & Sound.


30: I'll screen Mikko Niskanen's Under Your Skin (1966) at Closeup, as the opening film of a film club called Never on Sunday. ["Never on Sunday is a series of screenings of rare classics, archive masterpieces, obscure delights and forgotten gems carefully curated by Ehsan Khoshbakht and taking place the last Sunday of each month at Close-Up."]

23: Filmfarsi shows at Houston's Museum of Fine Arts.

21: Filmfarsi shows at Closeup.


Forgotten Revolution at Filmoteca de Catalunya, December 2021


15-31: Iranian pre-revolutionary cinema retrospective (plus Filmfarsi screening) at Filmoteca de Catalunya in Barcelona, Spain. The brochure is available here.

10: Mehrnaz Saeed-Vafa: Far From Home, a programme of three shorts at Berlin's Transtopia. Ehsan will be moderating a conversation with MSV via Zoom.


18: Film restoration lecture at Festival International du Film d'Amiens, France. Read a dispatch of it here (in French)
9: Filmfarsi gets its DVD release in North America, via Grasshopper.


27-1 Serving as a member of jury for the short film competition of Morelia International Film Festival in Mexico.
1-16: Filmfarsi plays at Close-Up Film Centre in London
15: Filmfarsi at Film Studies Center in The University of Chicago.


The Forgotten Revolution: Iranian Cinema Before 1979 | A Retrospective at Sinema Transtopia, Berlin
6: Introducing State Fair (Henry King) at the cinematheque of Copenhagen
5: Introducing the Henry King retrospective at the cinematheque of Copenhagen


Jury member at IndieLisboa, Lisbon.



27: Iranian Film Festival Zurich plays Filmfarsi.

6-12: Filmfarsi streams for free in Hong Kong as a part of the M+ Museum's programme "Disrupted Views, Interrupted Legacies" and on May 12, I shall be participating in an seminar  called "Cinematic Renovations in Filmfarsi and The Endless Film", together with Leandro Listorti (filmmaker) and Chanel Kong (associate curator at M+)


A second book was published in the month of April: Performing with the Camera: "Music Films" from Bach to Bob Dylan (نواختن با دوربین: فیلم های موسیقی از باخ تا باب دیلن), Kasra Publishing, April 2021 [Cover image above]

Jury member at It's All True, Brazil

Ehsan's new book, The Age of Innocence: Rediscovering American's Cinema's Studio Era (in Persian), is out on April 9, 2021 [See the cover above]


Filmfarsi, The Deer and Downpour at Wales One World. Discussions about them here and here.

Conversation about Filmfarsi with students from Carleton University, Canada



Filmfarsi at UCLA
Filmfarsi at Wisconsin Film Festival
Filmfarsi at Iranisches Filmfestival Köln



27: Filmfarsi at It's All True, Brazil
18: Filmfarsi at Sinema Transtopia, Berlin, Germany
9-15: Serving on the jury of London Open City Doc.

4: On its first post-pandemic screening, Filmfarsi plays at IndieLisboa International Film Festival in Lisbon. Venue: Cinemateca Portuguesa

Interviewed by Portugal's Publico newspaper:

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25-31: Il Cinema Ritrovato


Interviewed by Danish journal Politiken about Abbas Kiarostami.


9: Q&A with Mahnaz Mohammadi after the screening of her film Mother at Cheltenham International Film Festival


For Sight & Sound's May 2020 issue, Tehran Taboo.


5: Filmfarsi at Wexner Center for the Arts
Filmfarsi plays at Gene Siskel Film Center in Chicago


30:  Filmfarsi at AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center, Washington DC
27: Filmfarsi gets its Dutch premiere at the International Film Festival Rotterdam
19: Filmfarsi playing at Smithsonian Institute, Washington, D.C.: Freer Gallery of Art
18: In Harm's Way: The Films of Majed Neisi curated by Ehsan Khoshbakht plays at Close-Up Film Centre, London
18: A House Is Not a Home: Wright or Wrong (dir: Mehrnaz Saeed-Vafa, 2020) [above poster] opens in Chicago's Gene Siskel Film Center. I've produced a section of the film which was shot in London, interviewing Michael Rosenbaum for it.
17: Filmfarsi plays at Boston's Museum of Fine Arts.
15: Filmfarsi gets two screenings in Prague as a part of ÍRÁN:CI



3: Filmfarsi played in Ankara.


28th: Filmfarsi at Avant-Garde Film Festival in Athens.
21th: Filmfarsi at Aarhus' Slagtehal3.
13th: Filmfarsi at Bath Film Festival.
5th: Working with the Archive — An extended discussion on the process of working with archive institutions and organisations. Part of the London Korean Film Festival's Special Focus: A Century of Korean Cinema.
1th: Museo Nazionale del Cinema and Turin Film Festival present Filmfarsi at Artissima


22-23th: Filmfarsi at Cambridge Film Festival
13th: Filmfarsi at HIFF
1th: Talk on Dorothy Arzner at the cinematheque of Danish Film Institute in Copenhagen. 19:00.


The US bluray release of Searching for Ingmar Bergman features a panel discussion from Il Cinema Ritrovato with Margarethe von Trotta, Felix Moeller, and Jan Holmberg of The Ingmar Bergman Foundation which is moderated by me.


26th: My Filmfarsi gets its first screening.
25th: Reframing Film Heritage event in Bristol.


22th-30th: Il Cinema Ritrovato XXXIII

10th: Jafar Panahi: Interviews, edited by Drew Todd and Ehsan Khoshbakht (assistant editor) is published by the University Press of Mississippi.


14: Lecture on BBC's Jazz 625 at Stadtkino in Basel. On the same day, introducing a 35mm screening of Satchmo the Great. Link to 625 here and to Satchmo here.


25: The last work-in-progress screening of Filmfarsi, back to where it all started: Cinemateket of Copenhagen.

18: Issue no. 4 of Underline is out. Download here.


20-9 February: Drifting Shadows: Masterpieces of Finnish Cinema at Edinburgh's Filmhouse. 18-30: Drifting Shadows: Masterpieces of Finnish Cinema in London.
23: Antti Alanen and Ehsan Khoshbakht bring 16 Finnish cinema classics to London [INTERVIEW]
16-30: Agony & Ecstasy: Visual Arts on Screen in Bologna




8: Together with Imogen Sara Smith introduced a Keaton/Chaplin screening at Istanbul Silent Cinema Days.

1-4: Introduced Memories of Underdevelopment in Ankara. Co-curated with Jonathan Rosenbaum a small programme on Media Manipulation in American cinema of the 1950s which was played in Ankara as well. Together with Sara Imogen Smith we introduced the films.


29: Introduced Pixote during the archive screening day at BFI Southbank.


11-12: Lecture in Forli, Italy on Iranian cinema.


I was both interviewed by and wrote a note for Scalarama newspaper in the UK. The digital edition can be read here.

September 3: The world premiere of Brick and Mirror (Ebrahim Golestan, 1964) at Venice Film Festival. I was involved with the restoration of the film. See the filmmaker's introduction (as well as Mitra Farahani's and mine's) here.

"Mohsen Makhmalbaf: Poetic Trilogy" bluray set reviewed for the October issue of Sight & Sound.


Curator of John M. Stahl retrospective at Il Cinema Ritrovato 2018. The catalogue notes


I've curated a small retrospective of jazz on film for the cinematheque of Helsinki to commemorate the Black History Month in Finland. For the list of films to be shown go here. Info in Finnish available here at the website of the cinematheque.



The Turkish translation of my Samuel Khachikian essay which originally appeared on Sight & Sound was published in Sekans magazine. If you read Turkish, download it


  • Introducing a screening of Still Life (Sohrab Shahid Saless) at Goethe-Institut London. (Sat 11 November 2017 17:30)

The first issue of the magazine Underline was published. I served as the editor-in-chief. It's an ongoing quarterly publication in limited print and free digital edition in two languages, Persian and English. [Persian +] [English +]


Introducing a selection of Kinemacolor films at Cinema Rediscovered festival in Bristol's Watershed. [+]


Tehran Noir at Il Cinema Ritrovato (June 24 -July 2)

Interviewed by Laura Di Nicolantonio about Khachikian.
Interviewed by Lee Marshall for Internazionale.


The fourth and last screening of an in-progress version of Filmfarsi, this time at the Ankara International Film Festival.

There are two essays by me published on a new book from Intellect, The World Cinema Directory: Iran 2. Edited by Parviz Jahed, one essays concerns Iranian documentaries about Cinephilia and the other is on Mehrnaz Saeed-Vafa's Jerry and Me.


The third screening of Filmfarsi (work in progress) at London Essay Film Festival, Birkbeck Cinema.

Our annual comic strip for Sight & Sound, known as Departed, was published in Persian on 24 Monthly:


Departed 2017 on Sight & Sound.



15th: Norwich - Abbas Kiarostami: The Art of Seeing



14 July: A Tribute to Abbas Kiarostami. Along with Geoff Andrew and Mania Akbari, I'll be introducing Close-Up by Kiarostami at the Close-Up cinema in London. More here.

24 Monthly has published my piece on Ernst Lubitsch's Shop Around the Corner.


Bologna, Il Cinema Ritrovato

I'll be introducing new documentary "Nicolas Roeg: It's About Time" and talking to its director David Thompson at Il Cinema Ritrovato, Sala Auditorium - Laboratori delle Arti UniBo, June 27, 18:30.
I'll participating in Danish Film Institute's season of Iranian cinema, presenting Downpour and The Traveler, both June 12), a talk on Iranian new wave cinema and finally a sneak preview of a my new documentary film, Filmfarsi, about the popular cinema in pre-revolutionary Iran (June 10). All the events will be held at the cinematheque.


30th: Cambridge - Teaching a crash course on Iranian Contemporary Cinema. More

25th-27th: Presenting films and interviewing Mania Akbari on stage, after the screening of her films at Cambridge Art Picturehouse. [Films

25th: Participating in the Wired talk series at the Anglia Ruskin University ARU with Mania Akbari

23th: My essay on Jacques Rivette has been published in 24 Monthly (left pic).

15th: I'll be delivering a talk at the University of Basque Country, Bilbao, on Film Culture, Programming, and Cultural Translation.


Published articles:
- Review of Istanbul Silent Cinema Days +
- Review of Gianfranco Rosi's 
- Review of the Berlinale for Film Monthly.


A Simple Event: Tales from Iranian New Wave Cinema
Cinematheque of Helsinki, February 2-20

This is an expanded version of my Simple Event program for Il Cinema Ritrovato in June-July 2015.
For the line-up of the films to be screened and my introductory essay visit the official website, here.



I have contributed two chapters (on film noir and western directors) to the new book, Rahnamay-e Genre (A Guide to 10 Movie Genres), edited by Yahya Natanzi, and published by Cheshmeh Press in Iran.

3-4th - Introducing Louis Feuillade's Les Vampires at the Istanbul International Silent Film Festival.

Nov 26-Dec 2 -  Cine Comic Strip Meets Jazz, an exhibition by Naiel Ibarrola and I, at the Aliye Berger Exhibition Hall in Ankara.


30th - Again, Jonathan Rosenbaum and I will be the guests of Bilkent University in Ankara for a discussion about cinephilia, hosted by Ahmet Gürata.
29th - Jonathan Rosenbaum and I will be introducing films from our Jazz Goes to the Movies show at the Festival on Wheels in Ankara, a day-long event which is free admission. More info here.

Read/watch some of the media coverage from the Ankara event here and here. (All these news pieces have two things in common: a) they have mentioned the jazz show, b) they've misspelled my name. Here, here, here, and here.)

The poster for our exhibition in Ankara, Turkey

14th Teaching a crash course on Iranian cinema in Cambridge: Iranian Cinema: Innovation, Revolution, Cinephilia.

The cinematheque of the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art is holding a retrospective of western genre, based on my book The Westerns. I've personally selected the films which includes masterpieces by Andre de Toth, Joseph H. Lewis, Raoul Walsh, Allan Dwan, John Ford, Budd Boetticher, and Delmer Daves.

An article on cinema, architecture and urbanism for the Donyaye Eghtesad newspaper which can be downloaded here.


Understanding Asghar Farhadi [An interview with Tina Hassannia] on Keyframe

Festival report: Karlovy Vary International Film Festival - The 50th edition

With Jonathan Rosenbaum on the stage of Cinema Jolly, Bologna, introducing one of the jazz films we had selected for Il Cinema Ritrovato.
Also in this month:
On Jacques Colombier for Film Monthly.
On Gjon Mili for 24 Monthly.


I've curated "A simple event: the birth of Iranian New Wave cinema" for Il Cinema Ritrovato in Bologna. For the same festival, kicking off on June 27, I've co-curated with Jonathan Rosenbaum a side bar, "Jazz Goes to the Movies" .

June 1
Cinema at 33 1/3 RPM on Notebook _ MUBI


On May 28, I'll be introducing three Iranian films (


Co-designed the website for Martin Scorsese Presents Masterpieces of Polish Cinema, a UK wide tour of 24 Polish classics. (Click on About for more info)


In Cardiff, Wales, with festival director David Gillam (in blue) and Saeed Zeydabadi-Nejad (far right)

I participated in three panels (as well as introduced two films) as part of Iranian Cinema Day at One World Film Festival in Wales which coincided with the Persian New Year, Nowruz. A short radio interview conducted on the same day can be accessed here. Also BBC Persian has covered the event on their website.

Wrong Side of the Road: Notes on Berlinale 2015 in Film Monthly.

My review of Whiplash appears on 24 Monthly. [cover above]


The digital edition
Paperback edition

British Cinema in Iran: A Brief History in Didgah: New perspectives on UK-Iran Cultural Relations (edited by Nick Wadham-Smith and Danny Whitehead), British Council, 2015

I have contributed a chapter to the British Council published book (digital and paperback)



White Screen, Thin Cinema
Freight Trains, Aircrafts and a Rose
Solos and Jams of an American Director
Like One of Truffaut's Dreams
Cinema, Octavo
Days & Nights of Hunchback

I've contributed to the second issue of a new documentary film journal from Iran,

My newest book, The Art of Movie Poster has been published by my usual publisher Kasra. See the teaser below.

Interview with Mohammad Rasoulof for the October issue of Sight & Sound.


Western Cinema, published in August, 2014.
My book on Westerns was published by Rawzanekar. I'm glad to say that this 232-page book was designed by Aziz Sa'ati, the director of photography of films by Mohsen Makhmalbaf and Ebrahim Hatamikia. 


Cinemadoosti: Documenting Iran - A celebration of contemporary Iranian documentary exploring daily life in Iran and cinemadoosti (the Persian word for cinephilia) on the public memory and imagination.

I'm partly responsible for this Open City Docs retrospective (17-22 June, 2014), having written the catalogue essay and selected/suggested some of the films in it. 

Life May Be (Mark Cousins and Mania Akbari), a film which I've co-produced with Don Boyd, was premiered at the Edinburgh International Film Festival and later in July was screened at Karlovy Vary International Festival.


I was interviewed by Von Jehns Dens for Amnesty.de. The subject: Iranian cinema.


I have supervised designing the Cinema of Childhood website at cinemaofchildhood.com. I am also the editor of this online venue which is a touring film season of 17 films about children from all around the world. The season is curated by the filmmaker Mark Cousins, and inspired by his feature documentary A Story of Children and Film. Cinema of Childhood was launched in April 2014 at Filmhouse in Edinburgh, BFI Southbank and other key venues.

Read my short essays on three Mohammad Ali Talebi films on the Cinema of Childhood website. [+]

Book review: my review of Silencing Cinema Film Censorship around the World has appeared on Cine-Eye, no. 7. [pic above] Previously published in a "censored" edition on Iranian 24 Monthly.

Touring in the UK with Mohammad Ali Talebi. Read this and this about the retrospective of his films in the Cinema of Childhood season.


Few days later: of Fribourg panel appears on BBC Persian website.

April 3

April 2: I'll participate in a panel discussion about Iranian cinema in Fribourg, Switzerland. The occasion is a retrospective of Iranian films at the Fribourg International Film Festival which later, in June, will travel to Edinburgh.


The Swiss Tages-Anzeiger has published an interview with me about Iranian cinema as their warming-up for an upcoming retrospective of Iranian films at the Fribourg International Film Festival. (see April)
If you're a German reader, the interview is online here.


Recently, a publisher in Iran asked me to write some notes to be put on the back cover of the three newly translation books on Jean-Luc Godard, Gary Cooper and Humprey Bogart. These titles are out now.

Exhibition in Tehran

The following pictures are from me and Naiel Ibarrola's exhibition of cinema, jazz and comic strip melting pot at Tehran's Aun Gallery which we have named Cine Comic Strip. To my surprise, the website of Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs has taken note of our rather odd effort. On the day I'm writing this, only two days is left from the 10 day long event which was received relatively well in Iran.





SOAS (University of London) will show A Journey Through Iranian Cinema with Mark Cousins and after the screening I'll participate in a Q&A with Mark and Saeed Zeydabadi-Nejad. More info here.

The EasternBreeze Film Festival in Toronto screened A Journey Through Iranian Cinema with Mark Cousins in their documentary competition section. The official website here.

On the same day, and in the same continent, the film was shown at the 30th Middle East Studies Film Festival, held in the city of New Orleans. The brochure can be downloaded here.

New articles in Film Monthly 464: The Cinema of Misfits (from my series on women cinema, this one about Shirley Clarke) + Becket, Pinter and Pandora's Box (comparing cinephilic obsessions to the Krapp's Last Tape!).


Film programmer for Levant TV.


On the death of my friend, Ahmad Jorghanian, for Film Monthly 460 [picture on the left]. I'm working on a film about him.


The month of Edinburgh International Film Festival. My daily reports of the festival for Cinemaema, the most visited film website in Farsi, are here: one, two, three, four, five, six, seven.

Aside from these seven dispatches I have some video interviews from festival on Fandor's Keyframe which you can see here (with Mark Cousins) and here (with David Cairns)


During May and June (and in some parts of April) I was the co-editor of Cinemaema.com, the most visited film website in Farsi which enjoys half a million visits per month.



On the first day of the month my translation of Houshang Golmakani's "50 Essential Iranian Films" published in Keyframe. I also contributed some bits and pieces in the process of assembling the piece which was actually initiated by me. It's a very interesting guide to Iranian cinema and shouldn't be missed. [+]


February 2013 turned out to be one of the busiest months in recent years, as far as publishing is concerned. The most auspicious event of the month, was Jonathan Rosenbaum's 70th birthday that Keyframe celebrated it by running my recent interview with Jonathan about jazz and film criticism, along with a video portrait by Ignatiy Vishnevetsky and Kevin B. Lee. Meanwhile, on my blog I published more audio/video stuff which can be accessed here.

Later on, the interview was published in Romanian (here) and Farsi (Film Monthly).

My first piece of film criticism, written for Tajrobeh [a journal of art and humanities], was published near the end of February. It was on Mehrnaz Saeed-Vafa's documentary Jerry & ME.

From Film 455: On Sergiu Nicolaescu which is, more or less, what I already said here on my blog. [see image below]

From the same issue, a review of Neil Young Journeys by Jonathan Demme.

The Iranian 24 [frame] Monthly published a translation of my favorite documentaries of 2012 (with exception of Jerry & ME which I'm going to explain later on my blog), plus a note by me on Il deserto rosso. The table of contents of the 36th issue of 24 can be checked here.

Interview with Abbas Kiarostami, translated here for the Keyframe.


The article I wrote after the passing of Romanian director, actor and politician Sergiu Nicolaescu became one of the most read posts of my blog in less than four days, and it was enthusiastically received in Romania. The daily newspaper Adevărul wrote about that, and later, the complete article, translated into Romanian appeared on Dilema Veche [picture above].

Best of 2012: You can read my best of the year picks and lists at Keyframe [here and here] and Notebook, the latter being the 5th fantasy double feature poll.

I continued my musing on women cinema for the Film Monthly, this time, on Ida Lupino, for the 453th issue.


Short documentary with a limited distribution in 2012

Freedom and Organization: a report from 56th London Film Festival for Iranian Film Monthly.


Film Monthly 449: Notes on women cinema & four articles about Dorothy Arzner.

Miniatures in Motion: Iran in color dreams and visions of Stan Brakhage on NOTEBOOK


Film Monthly 448: on Andre Hussein's film music and the Chelsea Girls (A. Warhol)
Film Monthly 447: Reports from Il Cinema Ritrovato Film Festival.


"Something's Rotten in the State of Denmark": Motherland, Occupation and Resistance in Jean Grémillon's "Lumière d’été" on MUBI NOTEBOOK


Attended Il Cinema Ritrovato festival in Bologna, Italy. Festival reports here.


Dossier on Alain Resnais for the Film Monthly. Jonathan Rosenbaum kindly wrote the introduction.


Vincente Minnelli & the matter of design, today on


Wrote the liner notes for the new album of Kevin McMahons Quartet.


Wrote the introduction to the Farsi edition of Frankly My Dear: Gone With the Wind Revisited by Molly Haskell.

My interview with Geoff Andrew, head of programming at BFI Southbank, about his passion for Kiarostami, and his book on Ten, appears here.



Reverse Darwinism in Cinema for Film Monthly, No. 432


Interview with Geoff Andrew + Interview with Laura Groves on music score for silent films in the last issue of "Film International". Also on Hedy Lamarr, and new column about cinephilia in 21th century (published) and Jean-Pierre Léaud (to be published) for "24 magazine".

In Joiners Arms club in Hackney I organized two events of jazz music and abstract/avant-garde cinema.


From Film Monthly 428:

On Christian Marclay's :The Clock, a masterpiece of time.
Garbage Talks: Dylan, Weberman and Garbology


In this month, first Film Directors Encyclopedia in Farsi (picture above) was published. As a contributor, I have 72 entries in the book, including:
 Renoir, Tati, Gance, Stroheim, Hitchcock, Jean Grémillon, Ford, Lang, Dwan, Ray, Litvak, Welles, Carne, Rohmer, Penn, Eisenstein, Vidor, Antonioni, Christy Cabanne, Clarence Brown, Pennebaker, Dorothy Arzner, Dziga Vertov, Elia Kazan, Capra, Zinneman, George Stevens, Georges Melies, Gregory La Cava, H. C. Potter, Henri-Georges Clozout, Henry King, Jack Conway, Jacques Becker, Jacques Feyder, James Whale, Strenberg, John English/William Witney, Sturges, Duvivier, Lev Kuleshov, Lewis Milestone, Lewis Seiler, Lloyd Bacon, Luchino Visconti, Man Ray, Marcel Duchamp, Marcel L'Herbier, Marcel Pagnol, Mervyn Le Roy, Maurice Touneur, Norman Foster, Raymond Bernard, Richard Boleslawski, Richard Brooks, Robert Aldrich, Robert Florey, Robert Rossen, Robert Wiene, Sacha Guitry, Sam Wood, Shirley Clark, Sidney Lumet, Tay Garnett, Tod Browning, Victor Fleming, Victor Seastrom, Vincent Sherman, Vitorio De Sica, Vsevald Pudovkin, William Wyler.
Also from Film Monthly, 427:
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and International Women's Day
On Becket's TV Works
Social Networks and Film Criticism

I wrote the introduction and edit the Farsi translation of Scorsese by Ebert book, translated by Sina Golmakani.


The Daily Notebook's 3rd Writers' Poll: Fantasy Double Features of 2010

From 421th Film Monthly:
Exiles on Main St.: on Recent Rockumentaries
From Fellini to Fosse: Musical reinterpretations of European art film.


Metropolitan Urban Design Workshop: Me (right) with Madadi, my boss at the time (middle), and Andrew Olszewski. Autumn 2010


From Film Monthly, 420 Issue:
- On Orson Welles's TV Works
- A Feminine Vertigo: On Chantal Akerman's Le Captive

12th Issue of 24 Monthly:
- On David Fincher
- On Houshang Golmakani
- On Yves Montand


From Film Monthly, 418th Issue:
On Arthur Penn
A detailed and analytical filmography of Robert Aldrich
Best Jazz Scores in History of Cinema: A Favorite Top 25

In the same issue of Film Monthly Houshang Golmakani's review of Celluloid Architecture book was published.

11th Issue of 24 Monthly:
- On Phillip Seymour Hoffman
- On "Film and City"
- On Henri Langlois, and Film Archives.


From 417th Film Monthly:
On Dracula in Pakistan
On Jack Clayton's Innocents
On Arthur Penn's Micky One

 From 10th Issue of 24 Monthly:
- On Cate Blanchett
(Download in PDF. It's in Farsi)


Lecturing on "the nature of cinematographic image" in Ferdowsi University of Mashhad.

From 415th Film Monthly:
Anatomy of Dream Factory: a long essay on history of film studios in Hollywood, Germany, Italy and England.

From 9th Issue of 24 Monthly:
- On Morgan Freeman (PDF)

An Interview with Silent Film Composer Ekkehard Wölk for Silent Era. Read it here.

24 Monthly:
A selection of my favorite noir directors, as well as an article on Jeff Bridges.(download it in PDF format, here. It's in Farsi of course!)

From 414th Film Monthly:
Truth is a guillotine [on Claude Chabrol in his 80s]
Profession: Anti-Fascist [on Dashiell Hammett's Watch on the Rhine]

LIFE ... REPLACED BY FRESH CORPSE: David Thomson's “Have You Seen...” Reviewed, appears in the summer issue of Noir City Sentinel. It's a noir report of Thomson's massive book.#

MUBI's Notebook post from July.

On Victor Sjöström and his influence on Bergman for 24 Monthly. (Download it here)

From 413th issue of Film Monthly:
- On Dede Allen
- On John Ford's Bucking Broadway.
- On Blast Of Silence.

Review of Celluloid Architecture book appeared in 24 Monthly. In the same issue and under the section, auteur's note, I introduced my book.

Published works from 412th Film Monthly:
- On Dennis Hopper
- Reviewing Francis Ford Coppola's Tetro.

From 411th issue of Film Monthly:
On Victor Fleming and reflections of his character in Clark Gable's Rhett Butler.
On Fritz Lang's Clash by Night.
Obituary: Kathryn Grayson
Shargh, an important daily newspaper, reviewed Celluloid Architecture book.

An essay on Eric Rohmer + Reading film frames: a new approach to studying and analyzing films appeared in the 410th issue of Film Monthly.


My essay on Jean Grémillon‎, from the 409th issue of Film Monthly, apparently the first article in Farsi about the great French filmmaker published.

A positive review of Celluloid Architecture book appears in Shahra Ara Daily, one of Mashhad's three biggest newspapers. [read here]

My first book, Celluloid Architecture (in Farsi), on interplay between cinema and architecture, published. [picture above]


From 408th issue of Film Monthly: "New York and the movies" and a small piece on Egyptian remake of The Asphalt Jungle, Cairo (Wolf Rilla, 1963).


For the special issue of "International Fajr Film Festival," I wrote an article about directors who emerged from TV in the history of motion pictures.


My interview with German silent film composer, Ekkehard Wölk, appeared in 60th issue of Film Quarterly.

Three new articles in the 405th issue of Film Monthly:
- On Man Ray, the filmmaker.
- On H. C. Potter's early post modern masterpiece, Hellzapoppin'
- On Sacha Guitry's Le roman d'un tricheur



An homage to the cinema of Joseph M. Newman concerning his centennial in the 404th issue of Film Monthly, accompanied with two other pieces on Cornel Wilde's The Naked Prey and Public Domain films.

Screening my documentary From Caligari to Libeskind in Khayyam University.

Lecturing on "cinema & architecture - the meanings of image," for architecture students of Khayyam University.


Three pieces published in 402th issue of Film Monthly: On Tiffany studios in early 1930s; remembering Singing in the rain; on Braineaters.

Publishing two of my pieces (a comparison between Sherlock Holmes series and Moto's in the historical context of WW II and spy films; the second one, on Michael Curtiz's Young Man With a Horn and fictional jazz bio-pics.

My interview with German Silent film composer and pianist, Ekkehard Wölk, appeared in the 402th issue of the Film Monthly. The English version will be printed in the upcoming issue of Film International Quarterly.


From the 401th issue of Film Monthly my new column Bazkhaniha[rediscoveries] started.

A new collection of my writings appears in Film Monthly:
- Tracing the landing on moon in history of cinema.
- On British screen writer, Alec Coppel.
- Introducing Gerald Peary's For the Love of Movies: The Story of American Film Criticism to Iranian film goers.
- On Early Katharine Hepburn films.
- First article from a humorous series on bad movies (this one about Ray Kellogg)
- My response to David Thomson's inequitable note on An American In Paris, in his book "Have you seen?"


A very long piece that I've wrote on history and aesthetic of movie posters appeared in a special issue of Film publications.


Launching my blogs, Take the 'A' train and Notes on cinematograph.


Three long essays for mini-retrospectives in International Fajr Film Festivel: John Ford (Oscar winning films), Alfred Hitchcock (British period), and Francis Ford Coppola (in the 1970s).


Cover of Vertigo's 50th anniversary

I was the guest editor of a special issue of Art Monthly, celebrating 50th anniversary of Alfred Hitchcock's Vertigo, including my introduction to this anthology of writings and interviews and also a piece on meanings of place and space in film.


After a year of work (including 2 months of editing) my first documentary film, From , about German expressionist cinema and architecture of the 1920s and its longing influence on history of art and architecture was screened for a small group of colleagues and friends. Since then, due to some references to Holocaust in the film, I haven't been able to screen the film in Iran.


Teaching genre studies in a cultural institute in Northeast of Iran.

Teaching "Space in Cinema" (architecture, city, landscape and cityscape in movies), from 2007. An audio tape of one the courses is available here:

Teaching film history in Agah Film. The course successfully went on for more than 30 sessions (nearly 100 hours.)

Design project: a cinematheque for Mashhad, Iran.

Curated two retrospectives for Khorasan's society of film critics, on comedy genre and westerns.

Organized two retrospectives for the cinema of John Huston and Sam Peckinpah (shown occasionally in 35mm prints, something quite rare in Iran) at the Ferdowsi University of Mashhad.