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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: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000OY9WKQ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 35,048 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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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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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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By Keith M TOP 500 REVIEWER on 19 Sept. 2016
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Quite unlike anything else you’re likely to see on the big (or, indeed, little) screen, Abbas Kiarostami’s 1990 film is an impassioned plea on behalf of the struggling artist. Based on the real-life tale of an impersonator (Hossain Sabzian) of renowned Iranian film director Mohsen Makhmalbaf, and Sabzian’s subsequent trial for fraud, Kiarostami managed to assemble the real-life protagonists, in the process somehow wangling his way into court, and produce an engaging, and increasingly moving, mix of documentary footage of Sabzian’s trial and flashback re-enactments (which, themselves, have the effect of blurring fact and fiction) of how the 'miscreant’ got there. Clearly, it is difficult to dissociate the subject matter here from the context of the strict censorship regime existing in the film-maker’s home country – indeed, Kiarostami also makes wider socio-political points here around family life, employment opportunities, education, the vagaries of the judicial system, press exploitation and the nature of fame – but I felt that the central theme of Close-Up, namely Sabzian’s passionate obsession with the need to express his artistic ambition, also had much wider global relevance for cinema in particular, where commercial interests tend to predominate as the prevailing censoring force (a fact hilariously and sadly, brought home by the accompanying Nanni Moretti short, The Opening Night of Close-Up).

Of course, this is a Kiarostami film – slow-moving, episodic, very wordy and one where the audience is invited to think for themselves.
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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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