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Directory of World Cinema: Iran

Iranian cinema has an extraordinary history that has been marked by religion and ever-shifting political, economic, and social environments. This addition to Intellect’s Directory of World Cinema series turns the spotlight on the award-winning cinema of that nation, with particular attention to the major movements, historical turning points, and prominent figures that have helped shape it. A wide range of genres are presented, including comedy, Film Farsi, new wave, children’s films, art house film, and women’s cinema. For the film studies scholar, students working on alternative or national cinema, or for all those who love Persian cinema and wish to learn more, Directory of World Cinema: Iran will be an essential companion to this prolific and prominent film industry.

293 pages | 50 color plates | 7 x 10 | © 2012

Directory of World Cinema

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“All in all a fresh and intelligently pithy story of Iranian cinema.”

James B. Evans | Electric Sheep

“Successfully maps the long history of creativity, intellectualism and imagination of Iran. This book makes an important contribution to the area of Iranian cinema and film and is recommended to those who want to know more about Iran and its extraordinary cinema.”

Arezou Zalipour, Media International Australia

Table of Contents

Introduction by the Editor
Film of the Year: About Elly
Independent Cinema and Censorship in Iran: Interview with Jafar Panahi
    Abbas Kiarostami
    Ebrahim Golestan
    Jafar Panahi
    Dariush Mehrjui
    Mohsen Makhmalbaf

The Emergence of Cinema in Iran
Film Farsi as the Mainstream Cinema
The Forerunners of the New Wave Cinema in Iran
Iranian New Wave (1969–79)
Melodrama in Post-Revolutionary Iranian Cinema
Post-Revolutionary Art Cinema in Iran
The Image of War in Iranian Cinema
The Image of Children
Cultural Diversity in Iranian Cinema

Recommended Reading
Iranian Cinema Online
Test Your Knowledge
Notes on Contributors

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