Tag Archives: Abbas Kiarostami

Abbas Kiarostami – Dandan Dard AKA Toothache (1980)

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Though much of this film is a straightforward lecture on dental hygiene delivered by a dentist facing the camera, it still manages to be persuasively Kiarostami-esque in its description of young Mohammad-Reza’s life at home and at school before he falls prey to tooth woes (interestingly, Kiarostami found the boy who was having a tooth removed, then filmed the earlier parts of the story later). That some audiences find the film amusing testifies to the humor that can accompany great discomfort. Read More »

Abbas Kiarostami – Bozorgdasht-e mo’Allem AKA Tribute to the Teachers (1977)

SYNOPSIS:
An assignment from the Ministry of Education, this documentary from the last years of the Pahlavi dynasty includes interviews with government officials who predictably praise teaching as a sacred, noble, and honorable profession. The teachers who are also interviewed are less starry-eyed: one speaks of ungrateful students and the job’s poor pay. The contrasting views reflect Kiarostami’s interest in education while registering some of his reservations about how it is practiced. Read More »

Abbas Kiarostami – Hamshahri AKA Fellow Citizen (1983)

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Kiarostami’s fascination with both Tehrani car culture and the uses of power in post-revolutionary society come together in this documentary about a traffic officer assigned to enforce driving restrictions in central Tehran (a locale near the director’s Kanoon office). The officer, a rock star in his own world, remains coolly authoritative as he faces a steady stream of exasperated motorists. Read More »

Abbas Kiarostami – Rah Hal-e Yek AKA Solution No. 1 (1978)

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The rare Kanoon film that doesn’t involve children, this unusual road movie was made during the Revolution and afforded Kiarostami what may have been a welcome escape from the capital. Shot amid spectacular mountain scenery north of Tehran, it revolves around a young man on the roadside carrying a tire, trying to get a ride. After several minutes of failure, he simply takes the tire and rolls it down the mountain. This lyrical visual journey is accompanied by a triumphal score. Read More »

Abbas Kiarostami – Man ham mitounam AKA So Can I (1975)

The first of Kiarostami’s films made for, rather than about, children was an experiment in combining live action and animation, done in collaboration with animator Nafiseh Riahi. As two schoolboys watch the movements of animated animals, on the TV (such as kangaroos jumping, fish swimming, etc.), one boy, played by Riahi’s son Kamal, says, “I can, too,” and imitates the actions. The music is sprightly, the mood fun. Interestingly, the second boy is played by Kiarostami’s son, Ahmad. Read More »

Abbas Kiarostami – Tadjrebeh AKA The Experience (1973) (HD)

Abbas Kiarostami wrote:
“In the total darkness, poetry is still there, and it is there for you.”

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Mamad, an orphaned teenager, works as a messenger boy in a photographic studio, where he also sleeps at night. He falls platonically in love with a girl from a wealthier class; one day, thinking he sees her smiling at him, he decides to go to her house and ask for a job as a servant, so that he can be closer to her. But he receives only a decisive refusal. Read More »

Abbas Kiarostami – Lebassi Baraye Arossi AKA The Wedding Suit AKA A Wedding Suit (1976) (HD)

Abbas Kiarostami wrote:
“In the total darkness, poetry is still there, and it is there for you.”

Quote:
A woman orders a suit from a tailor for her young son to wear to her sister’s wedding. The tailor’s apprentice, together with two other teenage boys who work in the same building, devise a plan to try on the suit at night to see what it feels like. Read More »