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Close Up [DVD] [2007]


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  • Actors: Hossain Sabzian, Moshen Makhmalbaf
  • Directors: Abbas Kiarostami
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: Farsi
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Soda Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: 27 Aug 2007
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000OY9WKQ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 31,748 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Kiarostami's masterpiece. A young man introduces himself as celebrated Iranian director Mohsen Makhmalbaf and, under the pretext of working on a film project, enters the private life of a well-to-do Teheran family. Extras: Opening night of Close Up -Short film Nanni Moretti. Close Up in Close Up, by film critics and programmer Geoff Andrew.

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A complex and witty deconstruction of film form, playing with the notions of drama and documentary, reality and fiction. --The Guardian

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Emerson on 7 Feb 2004
Format: DVD
Kiarostami captures the deep desire to simply be accepted, of a down trodden man who takes recourse to pretending to be a famous film-maker to achieve, albeit for a few days, a sense of being embraced by society.
Tehran is the backdrop, with the social dvisions resulting in pain that goes beyond the material, almost Dickensian.
As is typical of Kiarostami's films, the majority of the roles are played by non-actors, in this case by the actual persons involved in the true life tale . From the family that our pretend filmaker tries to con, to the real filmaker in person, Mohsen Makhmalbaf.
A touching journey of desire, fabrication and remorse.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By René Daumal on 7 April 2008
Format: DVD
Kiarostami's Close Up lingers between documentary, pseudo-documentary and reenactment of an extraordinary real life case of a man impersonating a famous Iranian director to win the respect of a middle class family.

Doubtless a remarkable achievement, Close Up should nevertheless be placed on the 'challenging' rather than 'entertaining' pile. The short but waffling analysis given by Geoff Andrew is telling for its quote of Godard: 'Film began with D. W. Griffiths and ended with Abbas Kiarostami.' - much of the appeal is academic, and without learning a lot about the film beforehand you may find it does not live up to the superlative criticism on the cover.

Thankfully, Kiarostami's bookish inversion of cinematic conventions never degenerates to Godard's often irritating oeuvre which (in my opinion) relentlessly deconstructs the medium whilst rarely producing good films-in-themselves. This is mainly because there is so much humanity in the film - by using real documentary footage and reconstructions of key events (using the real people playing themselves) we feel a bizarrely intimate knowledge of each of the main characters which would be lost in a straight documentary. But at the same time each of the characters ARE acting and concealing something to save face - perhaps it is this ambiguity of human relationships which is so intriguing.

The DVD itself is nicely packaged, the transfer is clean, and the subtitles sufficient. Moretti's short is an added bonus (since it led me to the film in the first place).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By rossa on 9 Feb 2014
Format: DVD
This is a perfect film if you want to expand your definition of what a film should be. What is real, what is staged? This film cast a spell over me. I was initially quite disturbed at how Kiarostami had interferred in this real life case of fraud yet I feel that he has created something profoundly insightful into what it is to be a human being. I look foward to watching this film again soon as I believe it has many riches to reveal. It also shows us a middle class Iranain family with concerns and a lifestyle similar to Western societies. Again a profound look at elements of cinema - place in society, acting, fantasy, commercialism.

I recommend highly the Criterion American release - essential commentary track, picture quality and extras.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By mart on 13 April 2013
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There is really very little to say. Okay, perhaps endless amounts that can be said and it's all there on the internet. Quite simply, shot mostly in real time and with the real characters playing themselves, fiction and documentary overlapping, this is a masterpiece.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By "sinofile" on 2 Sep 2002
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kiarostami captures undisputedly the essence of man's existence in this life. we spend so much of our lives competing against each other for material gains that we lose ourselves. what must remain is humanity. initially the story takes a while to grasp. because it is shot in part/dramatisation part/documentary the story takes on a realness but also a staged performance. anyway kiarostami captures the spirit of human kindness and understanding. forgiving the human capability to make mistakes from our relation to society. touching from beginning to end in a most unsentimental & unpretentious way.
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