با شرکت سعید کنگرانی - فروزان - علی
نصیریان - عزت الله انتظامی
One of the few Iranian New Wave films to be
distributed in the U.S., Dariush Mehrjui's The Cycle deals with
pervasive corruption under the Shah's regime. With its harsh, cynical
depiction of life among the poverty-stricken, the film was banned for
three years, yet met with widespread critical acclaim abroad. The story
follows Ali, a young peasant who moves with his invalid father to
Tehran. To pay for the ailing man's hospital care, Ali sells his blood
on the black market to middle men, who then sell the scarce resource to
hospitals. Tired of being exploited, Ali joins the traffickers and rises
in the ranks, becoming cold, corrupted, and eventually selling tainted
blood back to the sick and destitute. That's the cycle. "A devastating
picture of a country in the midst of a revolution it doesn't understand
and cannot control" (Vincent Canby, NY Times). "Remarkable and
dark...with black and bitter humor, and a striking visual quality"
Winner of the FIPRESCI Prize and OCIC Award at the 1978 Berlin Film
Festival. In Persian with English subtitles.
Format: on DVD - 1974
101 minutes Type: Drama Language: In
Farsi with English subtitles.
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