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Iranian Cinema: A Political History (International Library of Iranian Studies) Paperback – 29 Sep 2006

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: I.B.Tauris (29 Sept. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845111478
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845111472
  • Product Dimensions: 16.9 x 2.4 x 20.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,470,235 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Hamid Reza Sadr is a film critic and writer based in Tehran.

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This is a fascinating look at recent Iranian cultural history and the experimentation with Western artforms through a distinctly Persian prism. The early development of cinema is very closely linked with Irans political developments with the 1904 Constitutional Revolution and early attempts at social and political reform. Early cinema was brought to Iran by one of the last Qajar Shahs and gradually came to exposure with the greater public at large. The decline of Iranian cinema and its resurgence since the 90's is chronicled and explained within the cultural and political milieu which have both restricted expression and paradoxically given greater impetus to artistic expression, in much the same way as the Soviet Union forced a subtlety of politico-artistic protest from its heavily censored artists. The 90's and beyond is Irans heyday cinematically with directors like Makhmalbalf, Kiarostami and a host of lesser well known artists pushing the boundaries of political discourse in artistic and politically compelling manners without breaking into open polemic and outright confrontation with the authorities. This blank space of poltical freedom has provided room for expression and the development of a distinctly Persian style of film- the use of children in film is a case in point to express what is often far harder to express in more explicit forms. An interesting and very well written book which is informative of the sociopolitical impact of Iranian cinema.
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2.0 out of 5 stars the rigid ideological prism of the author makes it a painful read. 2 July 2015
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In addition to many erroneous information (he gets Mohammad Reza Shah's date of birth wrong!), clumsy background research (Nilla Cram Cook is not British), and a shoddy editing job, the rigid ideological prism of the author makes it a painful read.
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