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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.
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Hood River County Library DVD FIC CLO (Text) 33892100385120 Adult DVDs DVD None 07/07/2016 Available -

Record details

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

Content descriptions

General Note: In Persian with optional subtitles in English.
Accompanying booklet includes essay by film critic Godfrey Cheshire.
Originally produced as an Iranian motion picture in 1990.
Formatted Contents Note: 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: A walk with Kiarostami: editor, Jamsheed Akrami ; camera, Donal Gilligan.
Abbas Kiarostami: editors, Anne Alvergue, Chris Ramey ; camera, Aziz El-Attar.
"Close-up" long shot: Cinematography, Farzin Khosrowshahi ; editor, Nasrollah Sheibani ; music, Shahrokh Khadjenouri.
The traveler: cinematography, Firuz Malekzadeh ; music, Kambiz Roshanravan.
Close-up: Cinematography, Ali Reza Zarrindast ; editor, Abbas Kiarostami ; music, Kambiz Roushanavan.
Participant or Performer Note: A walk with Kiarostami: interviewer, Jamsheed Akrami.
Abbas Kiarostami: interviewer, Tarik Benbrahim.
"Close-up" long shot: Hossein Sabzian, Fatemeh Sabzian, Nemat Ebadi, residents of the village of Yabr.
The traveler: Masud Zandbegleh, Hassan Darabi, Mostafa Tari, Hassan Arab.
Close-up: Hossain Sabzian, Hassan Farazmand, Abolfazl Ahankhah, Mehrdad Ahankhah, Nir Mohseni Zanoozi, Ahmadreza Mohseni, Moshen Makhmalbaf.
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: Tehran (Iran) Drama
Iran Social conditions 1979-1997
Motion picture producers and directors Drama
Mistaken identity Drama
Deception Drama
Impersonation Drama
Genre: Video recordings for the hearing impaired.
Motion pictures, Persian.
Interviews.
Film adaptations.
Fiction films.
Feature films.
Documentary films.
Documentary-style films.
Foreign films -- Persian.
Foreign films.
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