Makhmalbaf at Large: The Making of a Rebel Filmmaker

Makhmalbaf at Large: The Making of a Rebel Filmmaker

by Hamid Dabashi
     
 

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The name of Mohsen Makhmalbaf is almost synonymous with the dramatic rise of Iranian cinema in the aftermath of the Islamic Revolution, and over the last quarter of a century, his career as filmmaker and writer has reflected the tumultuous history of his homeland and the fate of its neighbours.

Hamid Dabashi draws from his friendship with Makhmalbaf, as well as his

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The name of Mohsen Makhmalbaf is almost synonymous with the dramatic rise of Iranian cinema in the aftermath of the Islamic Revolution, and over the last quarter of a century, his career as filmmaker and writer has reflected the tumultuous history of his homeland and the fate of its neighbours.

Hamid Dabashi draws from his friendship with Makhmalbaf, as well as his direct involvement with Makhmalbaf's films and thought, to give us this deeply engaging book on the tumultuous life and spectacular career of a great filmmaker.

This is also the account of Makhmalbaf's transformation from committed Muslim revolutionary, who was jailed for his part in the revolution, into an artistic humanist of great energy and elegance. His films, including The Peddler, The Time for Love, Salaam Cinema, Gabbeh, Silence and Kandahar, confound conventional genres and are always surprising. They represent his own journey and take part in it, in ways that Dabashi explores with great insight.

Makhmalbaf's cinematic career started in Iran and has since expanded into Turkey, Tajikistan, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India and into Europe. Dabashi uncovers how, moving across boundaries, Makhmalbaf's creative genius can illuminate our contemporary world.

And this book is in part the story of a friendship. As Mohsen Makhmalbaf writes in its Foreward: 'Hamid Dabashi - this pious atheist friend of mine, the man who loves cinema and hates art, this political activist who abhors politics, this thinking, pondering, critical intellect... I have learned much from him. Perhaps he too, has learned from me. The times he and I have spent together have been occasions of discovery and illumination.'

About theAuthor:
Hamid Dabashi is Hagop Kevorkian Professor of Iranian Studies and Comparative Literature at Columbia University, New York

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""Dabashi… brings a formidable intellect and his own Iranian background to the task.""-- Godfrey Cheshire, Sight and Sound

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781845115326
Publisher:
I. B.Tauris & Company, Limited
Publication date:
02/19/2008
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
6.16(w) x 9.03(h) x 0.91(d)

Meet the Author

Hagop Kevorkian Professor of Iranian Studies and Comparative Literature, Columbia University, New York. His acclaimed books include Dream of a Nation: On Palestinian Cinema, and Close Up: Iranian Cinema, Past, Present and Future

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