A Social History of Iranian Cinema: Volume 4 - The by Hamid Naficy

By Hamid Naficy

Hamid Naficy is among the world's best gurus 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 movies, it explains Iran's extraordinary cinematic construction modes, in addition to the function of cinema and media in shaping modernity and a latest nationwide id in Iran. This entire social background unfolds throughout 4 volumes, every one of which might be liked on its own.

The notable efflorescence in Iranian movie, television, and the recent media because the consolidation of the Islamic Revolution animates quantity four. in this time, documentary movies proliferated. Many filmmakers took as their topic the revolution and the bloody eight-year battle with Iraq; others critiqued postrevolution society. The robust presence of girls on display and in the back of the digital camera resulted in a dynamic women's cinema. A dissident art-house cinema—involving the very best Pahlavi-era new-wave administrators and a more youthful new release of cutting edge postrevolution directors—placed Iranian cinema at the map of global cinemas, bringing status to Iranians at domestic and in another country. A fight over cinema, media, tradition, and, finally, the legitimacy of the Islamic Republic, emerged and intensified. The media turned a contested web site of public international relations because the Islamic Republic regime in addition to overseas governments opposed to it sought to harness Iranian pop culture and media towards their very own ends, inside of and out of doors of Iran. The vast overseas movement of movies made in Iran and its diaspora, the huge dispersion of media-savvy filmmakers in a foreign country, and new filmmaking and communique applied sciences helped to globalize Iranian cinema.

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Unlike the other Iranian movies about the war and some of the art-­house films, which were given to the exploration of the physical and phenomenological world of the senses (Abecassis 2011), the Chronicle of Victory series tended to be metaphysical and abstract, particularly because of Avini’s voice-­over. Many Chronicle of Victory films, such as Operation Valfajr 8 and The Road, follow the form and structure of a religious sermon (rowzeh), showing how Shiite performance traditions have influenced the films.

Changing times, particularly during Ahmadinejad’s retrenchment period and the political dissent it spawned, necessitated a different kind of narration and chronicler. Avini’s books, too, vanished from bookstores without any explanation, including from the Chronicle of Victory Institute’s own bookstore. Gradually, the institute itself became somewhat marginalized and its mission reduced.

Shekl-­e Dovvom, 1979), Kianush Ayyari’s Summer 1979 in Today’s Tehran: First Timers (Tabestan-­e 1358 dar Tehran-­e Emruz: Tazeh Nafasha, 1979), and Amir Naderi’s First Search (Jostoju-­ye Yek, 1980). Ayyari’s film is an important historical film as it presents documentary footage of the immediate postrevolution period when there was much fluidity and freedom, with street vendors displaying rows of books and pamphlets, young stand-­up comics accurately mimicking prerevolution enter- tainers (Fereydoun Farrokhzad) or political leaders (the Shah) for a large and delighted audience, a sign outside a movie house asking customers not to bring weapons inside, people arguing about politics in the streets or lecturing the passersby, and unveiled women strolling and carrying out their business freely in public places.

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