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Iran, A Cinematographic Revolution (DVD)

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Iran, A Cinematographic Revolution  (DVD)
A Film by Nader Takmil Homayoun (English Narration &subtitles)
Today Iranian cinema is one of the most highly regarded national cinemas in the world, regularly winning festival awards and critical acclaim for films which combine remarkable artistry and social relevance. IRAN: A CINEMATOGRAPHIC REVOLUTION traces the development of this film industry, which has always been closely intertwined with the country's tumultuous political history, from the decades-long reign of Reza Shah Pahlevi and his son, the rise of Khomeini and the birth of the Islamic Republic, the seizure by militants of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran, and the devastating war with Iraq.

The documentary explores this history through a compelling blend of archival footage, excerpts from representative and landmark Iranian films, and interviews with Iranian filmmakers, film critics, film historians, and government and film industry executives. In the process, IRAN: A CINEMATOGRAPHIC REVOLUTION reveals the changing social functions of Iranian cinema and the artistic struggle of its filmmakers.

"Insightful... a celebration of a cinema that fully deserves acclaim."—Johannes Bockwoldt, Afterimage

"Dazzling! Every country's cinema deserves a history as good as this."—Thom Powers, Toronto International Film Festival

"Provides non-Iranians with precious access to a broad range of Iranian films... including clips of films nearly impossible to see outside the country...a crisp, intelligent, and enjoyable documentary."—Cineaste

"Puts forth a broad perspective on the development of cinema in Iran... features interviews with well-known and historically significant filmmakers."—Educational Media Reviews Online

*** (Three stars) "This insightful documentary would be useful in Middle Eastern and cinema studies collections. Recommended."—Video Librarian

"A glowing and precise appraisal... Intelligent and well-researched."—Variety
** 2008 American Historical Association Annual Meeting
** 2006 International Documentary Festival Amsterdam
** 2006 Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival
** 2006 Hong Kong International Film Festival
** 2006 Toronto International Film Festival
** 2006 Galway Film Festival
Format: DVD
Release Date: 2007
Time: 98 minutes
Type:  Documentary
Language: In Farsi with English subtitles and English Narration
Picture quality: Very good, color & B/W
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