685 334 Iranian Cinema- Review

685 334 Iranian Cinema- Review - Iranian Movie Review...

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Iranian Movie Review Professor Amir Djabini 3/12/2008 Ten by Abbas Kiarostami Abbas Kiarostami is known for his unique take on cinema and he has been very popular outside of his country Iran. Any person familiar with Iranian cinema in the Western world has undoubtedly either heard of or seen his work. He is a critically- acclaimed director that has won many awards including the Palm d’Or at the Cannes film festival. Recently, the director stated that he will now make his films exclusively with digital camcorders which he consequently used in the film ABC Africa . The movie Ten was made by exclusively using two small digital camcorders and is one of his most recent works. The film is about 90 minutes long and has its reasons as to why it cannot be described as one of Kiarostami’s best films but its acting and innovative concept make up for its lack of being more disapprovingly different than most mainstream films. Ten is a film about a recently divorced woman in Iran who drives around Tehran with various passengers that include her son and a prostitute. There is one digital camera fixed at the driver (Mania Akbari) and the other points to the passenger seat. The whole movie is set inside the car and the film is based on the dialogue between the passengers and the driver. These conversations are divided in to ten scenes which start with their corresponding numbers, hence the title Ten . The central theme of the conversations is the status of women in modern-day Iran. More than half of the movie consists of her son, played by Amin Maher, in the passenger seat and their dialogue. The movie has several strengths and weaknesses and it does not hold up to the directors previous works.
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Kiarostami, as a director, is known for his distinct cinematic style which is easily recognizable by anyone familiar with Iranian cinema. In the movie Ten , the style is reminiscent of Kiarostami’s earlier work, elements such as significant role for a child, dialogue away from camera, and the use of stationary cameras in cars (Firouzan). Even though the elements that make a Kiarostami film special are present in the film, there is not much directing that actually took place. It appears as if the inclusion of digital video cameras the production of the movie and the fact that the cameras are static is used deliberately to make the role of the director smaller and it does fulfill its goal. The movie
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This note was uploaded on 05/06/2008 for the course UNKNOWN 334 taught by Professor Djabini during the Spring '08 term at Rutgers.

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