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Pictures at an Exhibition

In conjunction with the exhibitions "Antoin Sevruguin and the Persian Image," on view at the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery through June 10, and "Sight-seeing: Photography of the Middle East and its Audiences, 1840– 1940," at the Fogg Art Museum through April 22, the Harvard Film Archive is pleased to present this program of contemporary Iranian films that reflect upon the history of the camera arts. Represented are some of the finest works by the celebrated directors Mohsen Makhmalbaf and Abbas Kiarostami.


January 16 (Tuesday) 7 pm

Once Upon a Time, Cinema (Nassereddin Shah Actor-e Cinema)

Directed by Mohsen Makhmalbaf
Iran 1992, 35mm, color, 100 min.
With Ezzatollah Entezami, Mehdi Hashemi, Akbar Abdi
Farsi with English subtitles

 

 

 

 

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January 23 (Tuesday) 7 pm

A Selection of Images in Ghajar Dynasty (Gozideh Tasvir Dar Doran-e Ghajar)

Directed by Mohsen Makhmalbaf
Iran 1993, 35mm, color, 18 min.
Farsi with English subtitles

In this short documentary, Makhmalbaf examines the realm of the visual arts from the Ghajar Dynasty, including the first still photographs and earliest motion picture footage shot in Iran.

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January 23 (Tuesday) 7 pm with "A Selection..." (above)

Salaam Cinema

Directed by Mohsen Makhmalbaf
Iran 1995, 35mm, color, 75 min.
With Azadeh Zangeneh, Maryam Keyhan, Feyzolah Ghashgai
Farsi with English subtitles

Mohsen Makhmalbaf’s compelling portrait of contemporary filmmaking, made on the occasion of the hundredth anniversary of the cinema, began with an advertisement he placed in a Tehran paper to audition one hundred actors and actresses for a new film. Five thousand hopefuls arrive as the film opens, however, and a riot ensues. Makhmalbaf nonetheless manages to conduct a series of auditions, in which the would-be Iranian actors—intellectuals, students, young boys, and even women—reflect on their lives and on the importance of cinema in the culture. Makhmalbaf himself emerges as the grand provocateur of this collective meditation on the power of cinematic images.

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