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Director: Abbas Kiarostami

Cast: Abbas Kiarostami, Hossein Sabzian

     
 

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Abbas Kiarostami and Mohsen Makhmalbaf's tale of on obsessed film lover, Close-Up, comes to DVD with a standard full-frame transfer. The Farsi soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Stereo. English subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include interviews and filmographies with the directors. This is a great disc for film enthusiasts, but there is,…  See more details below

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Abbas Kiarostami and Mohsen Makhmalbaf's tale of on obsessed film lover, Close-Up, comes to DVD with a standard full-frame transfer. The Farsi soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Stereo. English subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include interviews and filmographies with the directors. This is a great disc for film enthusiasts, but there is, sadly, little here to entice the average DVD consumer.

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Made in 1990 by Iranian master Abbas Kiarostami (Taste of Cherry), Close-Up would turn out to be one of the key films of the decade, even if it received little Stateside exposure outside the film festival and art house circuits. From the very first scene, it establishes one of the filmmaker's favorite themes: the relationship between the artist and the audience. The movie itself is a quasi-documentary based on a real-life case, that of Hossein Sabzian, a man who impersonated noted director Mohsen Makhmalbaf in order insinuate himself into a family he met by chance. The movie has a rough-hewn, cinema-vérité quality, the better to dig into a complex set of questions about the nature of acting and directing. How complex? The cast -- from the cops to the judges to the impersonator to, hilariously, the real Makhmalbaf, who is amused by the whole affair -- play themselves in a fiction written by Kiarostami based on the facts of the case. The family accuses the impersonator of fraud, while Hossein convincingly insists that he acted out of pure love of cinema. In the end, Close-Up is a fascinating depiction of the lengths to which someone will go in the service of a truly passionate vision of art. The DVD includes a ten-minute interview with the director, who surprisingly reveals that it's the only one of his films he really likes.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/19/2002
UPC:
0736899031060
Original Release:
1990
Rating:
NR
Source:
Facets
Time:
1:40:00

Special Features

Video interview with Abbas Kiarostami; Filmographies of Kiarostami and Mohsen Makhmalbaf

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Scene Selections
1. "It's a Strange Story" [6:45]
3. Reporter on the Scene [8:14]
4. Opening Credits [:48]
5. "What Kind of Man Is He?" [2:16]
6. The Ahankhahs Explain the Situation [2:28]
7. Kiarostami Meets Sabzian [3:20]
8. "We'd Like to Film the Trial" [2:44]
9. "Scene 1, Take 1, Law Courts, 10th December" [4:01]
10. Ms. Ahankhah Meets "Mr. Makhmalbaf" [5:11]
11. "What Do You Mean by Fraud?" [16:58]
12. "Fortunately, Something Happened to Convince Him It Wasn't Makhmalbaf" [3:03]
13. "Makhmalbaf" Is Revealed [10:57]
14. "I Know That Justice Must Be Done" [17:43]
15. "Makhmalbaf" Meets Makhmalbaf [5:00]
16. Delivering Flowers [1:48]
17. Closing Credits [2:07]

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