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Overview

This Iranian film qualifies as a docudrama, and makes some telling comments on society as it tells its tale. In the story, Ali Sabzian, in a fit of whimsey, claims to a fellow passenger on the bus that he is the famous Iranian film director Mohsen Makhmalbaf. So far, so good, but he then becomes involved with his fellow passenger and her family, claiming that he has cast the family's son in a major role and that the setting he intends to use is their home. At some point this tale comes unravelled, and the family ...
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Overview

This Iranian film qualifies as a docudrama, and makes some telling comments on society as it tells its tale. In the story, Ali Sabzian, in a fit of whimsey, claims to a fellow passenger on the bus that he is the famous Iranian film director Mohsen Makhmalbaf. So far, so good, but he then becomes involved with his fellow passenger and her family, claiming that he has cast the family's son in a major role and that the setting he intends to use is their home. At some point this tale comes unravelled, and the family takes him to court. A well-meaning judge persuades the family to drop the charges against this unemployed man. Ironically, while Ali is on trial, the maker of this current film Abbas Kiarostami decides to film the procedings, and also stages a reconstruction of the events leading up to the trial, using all the actual participants, but has the restaged trial end less happily.
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Special Features

Disc 1; ; Audio Commentary by Mehrnaz Saeed-Vafa and Jonathan Rosenbaum, Authors of Abbas Kiarostami; The Traveler, Director Abbas Kiarostami's first feature; New and Improved English Subtitle Translation; ; Disc Two; ; "Close-Up" Long Shot, a Documentary on Close-Up's Central figure, Hossein Sabzian, six years after the film; ; New Video Interview with Kiarostami; A Walk with Kiarostami, a Documentary portrait of the Director by Iranian Film Professor Jamsheed Akrami; ; Plus: a Booklet featuring an Essay by Film Critic Godfrey Chesire
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Editorial Reviews

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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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/22/2010
  • UPC: 715515058612
  • Original Release: 1990
  • Rating:

  • Source: Criterion
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Subtitled / Pan & Scan
  • Time: 1:38:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 47,501

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Hossein Sabzian Himself
Mohsen Makhmalbaf Himself
Ali Sabzian
Technical Credits
Abbas Kiarostami Director
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Close-Up
1. Driving to Lavizan [7:08]
2. Outside the Ahankhah House [8:33]
3. Credits [:51]
4. Captain Bashiri [2:22]
5. Mr. Ahankhah and Family [2:34]
6. Jailhouse Visit [6:21]
7. "Scene 1, Shot 1, Law Courts, Nov. 9" [4:11]
8. The Meeting on the Bus [5:24]
9. The Trial, Continued [17:55]
10. Mr. Mohseni [9:04]
11. The Journalist Arrives [5:33]
12. "Is This Your First Offense?" [10:33]
13. Sabzian's Mother [7:55]
14. Release [9:23]
1. Color Bars [:00]
1. The Significance Of Close-Up [7:08]
2. Dead Time [8:33]
3. Sorush [:51]
4. The Original Idea [2:22]
5. Multicultural Iran [2:34]
6. A Working-Class Art Lover [6:21]
7. Documentary Reality [4:11]
8. The Bus Flashback [5:24]
9. The Director as Actor [17:55]
10. Kiarostami's Compositions [9:04]
11. Respect for the Spectator [5:33]
12. Fiction and Nonfiction [10:33]
13. Class and the Chador [7:55]
14. The Soundtrack [9:23]
1. Color Bars [:00]
1. Opening Credits [1:09]
2. Skipping School [20:21]
3. The Camera [19:37]
4. Bus Trip [12:30]
5. Tehran [6:52]
6. The Stadium [12:41]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Close-Up
   Play the Movie
   Chapters
      Movie
   Commentary
      Commentary: On/Off
         Index
            Movie
   The Traveler
      Play
      Index
   Subtitles
      Subtitles: On
      Subtitles: Off
Disc #2 -- Close-Up
   "Close-Up" Long Shot
      Play
   Abbas Kiarostami
      Play
   A Walk with Kiarostami
      Play
   Subtitles
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