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Filmfarsi 伊朗電影︰消失的一章

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In the 1960s and 1970s, Iran was home to one of the most prolific film industries in the world, producing and releasing over a thousand films over two decades. Iranian pre-revolutionary popular cinema, known as filmfarsi, cast an image of a country seeking to modernise yet wrestling with its traditional ties and included everything from feminist adaptations of romantic melodramas to low-budget remakes of foreign films. In 1979, the revolution and the ensuing media ban upended this once-thriving industry. Composed of excerpts taken from the VHS tapes of his personal collection, Ehsan Khoshbakht’s essayistic documentary is a fascinating account of this vibrant form of cinema that, in his words, is filled with ‘song and dance, sex and seduction, violence and vengeance’. Offering a rare glimpse into the moving image works of this period, Filmfarsi contemplates the loss and rediscovery of these indelible markers of a nation in flux.

  • Year
  • Runtime
    84 minutes
  • Language
    Farsi, English
  • Country
    Iran, United Kingdom
  • Note
    中英文字幕 With Chinese and English subtitles
  • Director
    艾山・賀殊巴克 Ehsan Khoshbakht