A Social History of Iranian Cinema, Volume 1: The Artisanal by Hamid Naficy

By Hamid Naficy

Hamid Naficy is among the world’s major professionals on Iranian movie, and A Social heritage of Iranian Cinema is his magnum opus. protecting the overdue 19th century to the early twenty-first and addressing documentaries, well known genres, and artwork motion pictures, it explains Iran’s ordinary cinematic creation modes, in addition to the function of cinema and media in shaping modernity and a latest nationwide id in Iran. This entire social historical past unfolds throughout 4 volumes, each one of which might be liked on its own.

Volume 1 depicts and analyzes the early years of Iranian cinema. movie used to be brought in Iran in 1900, 3 years after the country’s first advertisement movie exhibitor observed the recent medium in nice Britain. An artisanal cinema subsidized by means of the ruling shahs and different elites quickly emerged. The presence of ladies, either at the monitor and in motion picture homes, proved debatable until eventually 1925, while Reza Shah Pahlavi dissolved the Qajar dynasty. Ruling until eventually 1941, Reza Shah carried out a Westernization application meant to unite, modernize, and secularize his multicultural, multilingual, and multiethnic state. Cinematic representations of a fast-modernizing Iran have been inspired, the veil used to be outlawed, and dandies flourished. whilst, images, motion picture construction, and film homes have been tightly managed. movie creation finally proved marginal to nation formation. basically 4 silent function motion pictures have been produced in Iran; of the 5 Persian-language sound beneficial properties proven within the state prior to 1941, 4 have been made by means of an Iranian expatriate in India.

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I thought that children needed documentation to celebrate their arrival into the world (and besides, they were very cute), while the elders needed to prove their existence before departing into the netherworld. ” Following the custom of gender segregation, I had two notebooks: one for women and one for men. Looking over these books now, I see the Islamic, moralistic, and modernist ideologies of the authors shine through the variety of elegant handwritings (good penmanship was valued then), colors of ink, and length.

I still remember the exuberant comments and the oohs and aahs of the family audience during these shows. My uncles Reza and Hosain Nafisi, who also built a hand-cranked cartoon projector in the mid-1950s, solved the problem of the reversed projection of the alphabets by reading the dialogue aloud to the ho w it all began xxxv spectators like curtain reciters and movie-house translators, discussed extensively here (Naficy 2007b). The filmmaker Asadollah Niknejad, who emigrated to the United States, told me that he had been fascinated with the idea of building a projector in his youth and, indeed, had manufactured a 35mm model, which he said still works.

Our anxieties found wide currency in modernist poetry and were inscribed graphically in the dissident new-wave films of the 1960s and 1970s. xlii ho w i t al l b eg a n Going to the Movies and Religious Sermons in Isfahan While engaged in these cultural and literary endeavors, I also attended the movies with a different set of friends and family members. My first recollection of watching films dates back to the early 1950s when I was younger than eight. I remember being extremely anxious watching a particular scene involving voyeurism through a high window, the specifics of which I do not now recall.

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