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House Is Black [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

Forugh Farrokhzad , Ebrahim Golestan , Forugh Farrokhzad    DVD
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  • Actors: Forugh Farrokhzad, Ebrahim Golestan, Hossein Mansouri
  • Directors: Forugh Farrokhzad
  • Writers: Forugh Farrokhzad
  • Producers: Ebrahim Golestan
  • Format: Black & White, Colour, DVD-Video, Full Screen, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: Farsi
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Facets
  • DVD Release Date: 22 Feb 2005
  • Run Time: 20 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B00074CC50
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 65,133 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Horrific 11 Aug 2006
As this is a film about a leper colony, the images are pretty horrific. However, it is an important documentary record of such life. There was a particularly poignant episode in the classroom where one of the children was asked about God.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Mixed bag includes must-see Iranian influential Farrokhzad short film 8 Nov 2010
By Angela - Published on
This release combines three Iranian short films, ranging from 8 - 22 minutes each, plus one bonus:

1. The main attraction here is 'The House Is Black,' filmed in 1963. It is the only film by Forough Farrokhzad (1935-1967), one of Iran's most important feminist poets of the 20th century. Her film was a great influence on later generation film makers, especially Mohsen Makhmalbaf and Abbas Kiarostami. (Kiarostami's 'The Wind Will Carry Us' features a poem by Forough Farrokhzad in the cow milking scene.) The film sets poetically edited images of residents of a leper colony to Forough Farrokhzad's poetry - or vice versa - achieving a unity of both that laments the fate of the afflicted. Leprosy would have been a highly unusual and brave subject matter in 1963 in any country, the more so I imagine in Iran in a time when Iran's rulers tried to project a progressive, modern image to the West. An interview with Forough Farrokhzad's sister is included as a bonus.

2. Mohsen Makhmalbaf's 1996 short 'The School That Was Blown Away' shows the school for nomad children which is also seen in 'Gabbeh'. A mysterious visitor to the school, believed to be an inspector from the from Educational Ministry turns out to have motives of a different kind.

3. Mohsen Makhmalbaf made 'Images from the Ghajar Dynasty' around 1992 while preparing 'Once Upon A Time, Cinema'. The Qajar family ruled Iran from 1785 - 1925. The documentary shows photos and early film material from 100 years ago of the Shah's court, the Golestan Palace in Tehran, and old family portraits of the time. The magnificent splendor of the old regime stands in jarring contrast to the images of the leper colony.

With some of the film material being 100, 50 and 15 years old respectively, the image quality looks generally quite poor on a HD TV. These days, one can find images of the Ghajar Dynasty and Golestan Palace online, but for connoisseurs of Iranian film, the haunting 'The House Is Black' is a must-see.
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it all 4 April 2013
By Schpaack - Published on
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After seeing now the 3 films on this disc, I feel very enthusiastic about all of them. The Qajar Dynasty film had a strong Paradjanov feel to it, and for me that's a really good thing, and then when it showed early film footage I just liked it even more, and the kooky sound mix with barking dogs enhanced it as well. The DVD also comes with a booklet with a few essays. Anyone interested in Iran and Iranian cinema should'nt be without this release, unless there being another way of having these films which I'm unaware of. The subtitles for the main attraction are at times almost impossible to read as they are white with no dark bordering around the letters. (Same problem as with for example Waterbearer's release of Pasolini's Accattone) Nevertheless this was well worth it. I'm just beginning to get into Iranian cinema, and look forward to seeing as much as I can in the future.
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