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Close-up [videorecording] / Janus Films ; screenplay by Abbas Kiarostami based on a true story ; produced by Ali Reza Zarrin ; directed by Abbas Kiarostami.

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  • 1 of 1 copy available at Sage Library System.
  • 1 of 1 copy available at Hood River County Library District. (Show)

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Summary:

Close-Up is the true story of Hossain Sabzian, a poor, underemployed, divorced, father of two. He is obsessed with the cinema. In 1989, Sabzian convinced the Ahankhah family that he was Iranian filmmaker Moshen Makhmalbaf (The Silence) and that he would cast them in his next film. Eventually, the family caught on to the ruse and contacted the authorities, leading to Sabzian's arrest. A journalist wrote a column about the incident that Kiarostami read. The director quickly put together a crew and set about to film the trial as well as restage previous events, but with a twist: Sabzian, the Ahankhahs, and the others involved played themselves. Thus, the film is an amalgamation of documentary and drama that questions the very nature and purpose of film, forces audiences to contemplate the basic experience of moviegoing, and in the process redefined how Iranian cinema saw itself.
Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Circulation Modifier Age Hold Protection Active/Create Date Status Due Date
Hood River County Library DVD FIC CLO (Text) 33892100385120 Adult DVDs DVD None 07/07/2016 Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781604652819
  • ISBN: 1604652810
  • Physical Description: 2 videodiscs (98 min.) : sd., col. and b&w ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 booklet ([16] p. : col. ill. ; 19 cm.)
  • Edition: DVD edition.
  • Publisher: [Irvington, NY] : Criterion Collection, [2010]

Content descriptions

General Note:
Originally produced as an Iranian motion picture in 1990.
Accompanying booklet includes essay by film critic Godfrey Cheshire.
Formatted Contents Note:
Disc one, Close-up: Driving to Lavizan -- Outside the Ahankhah house -- Credits -- Captain Bashiri -- Mr. Ahankhah and family -- Jailhouse visit -- "Scene 1, shot 1, law courts, Nov. 9" -- Meeting on the bus -- Trial, continued -- Mr. Mohseni -- Journalist arrives -- "Is this your first offense?" -- Sabzian's mother -- Release -- Color bars Special features: Commentary by Mehrnaz Saeed-Vafa and Jonathan Rosenbaum [audio feature] -- The traveler / based on a story by Hassan Rafie ; screenplay by Abbas Kiarostami ; directed by Abbas Kiarostami ; Kanoon--Institute for the Intellectual Development of Children and Young Adults (b&w) (1974) (74 min.).
Disc two, Special features: "Close-up" long shot / Play Film presents ; written and directed by Moslem Mansouri and Mahmoud Chokrollahi ; produced by Mahmoud Chokrollahi (1996) (44 min.) -- Abbas Kiarostami / producer, Issa Clubb (2010) (28 min.) -- A walk with Kiarostami / produced, directed by Jamsheed Akrami (2003) (32 min.).
Creation/Production Credits Note:
Close-up: Cinematography, Ali Reza Zarrindast ; editor, Abbas Kiarostami ; music, Kambiz Roushanavan.
The traveler: cinematography, Firuz Malekzadeh ; music, Kambiz Roshanravan.
"Close-up" long shot: Cinematography, Farzin Khosrowshahi ; editor, Nasrollah Sheibani ; music, Shahrokh Khadjenouri.
Abbas Kiarostami: editors, Anne Alvergue, Chris Ramey ; camera, Aziz El-Attar.
A walk with Kiarostami: editor, Jamsheed Akrami ; camera, Donal Gilligan.
Participant or Performer Note:
Close-up: Hossain Sabzian, Hassan Farazmand, Abolfazl Ahankhah, Mehrdad Ahankhah, Nir Mohseni Zanoozi, Ahmadreza Mohseni, Moshen Makhmalbaf.
The traveler: Masud Zandbegleh, Hassan Darabi, Mostafa Tari, Hassan Arab.
"Close-up" long shot: Hossein Sabzian, Fatemeh Sabzian, Nemat Ebadi, residents of the village of Yabr.
Abbas Kiarostami: interviewer, Tarik Benbrahim.
A walk with Kiarostami: interviewer, Jamsheed Akrami.
Summary, etc.:
Close-Up is the true story of Hossain Sabzian, a poor, underemployed, divorced, father of two. He is obsessed with the cinema. In 1989, Sabzian convinced the Ahankhah family that he was Iranian filmmaker Moshen Makhmalbaf (The Silence) and that he would cast them in his next film. Eventually, the family caught on to the ruse and contacted the authorities, leading to Sabzian's arrest. A journalist wrote a column about the incident that Kiarostami read. The director quickly put together a crew and set about to film the trial as well as restage previous events, but with a twist: Sabzian, the Ahankhahs, and the others involved played themselves. Thus, the film is an amalgamation of documentary and drama that questions the very nature and purpose of film, forces audiences to contemplate the basic experience of moviegoing, and in the process redefined how Iranian cinema saw itself.
System Details Note:
DVD; Region 1, NTSC; Dolby digital mono.; full screen presentation, aspect ratio 1.33:1.
Language Note:
In Persian with optional subtitles in English.
Subject: Impersonation > Drama.
Deception > Drama.
Mistaken identity > Drama.
Motion picture producers and directors > Drama.
Iran > Social conditions > 1979-1997.
Tehran (Iran) > Drama.
Genre: Foreign films.
Foreign films > Persian.
Documentary-style films.
Documentary films.
Feature films.
Fiction films.
Film adaptations.
Interviews.
Motion pictures, Persian.
Video recordings for the hearing impaired.

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