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Close-Up (The Criterion Collection)

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Assumed identity . . . March 27 2010
By Ronald Scheer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
Shot in 40 days, using courtroom footage and reenactments with people playing themselves, this "new wave" film by Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami is an absorbing journey into the nature of identity. What does an ordinary man become when he is assumed to be someone famous? The answer can be poignant, as it is in this film, and surprisingly complex.

Moved by director Mohsen Makhmalbaf's film "The Cyclist," a divorced and unemployed printer's assistant pretends for a moment to a fellow bus passenger that he is the director himself. Suddenly becoming the object of respect and admiration, he allows himself to be drawn into a ruse involving an entire family, who believe that he wants to make a movie about them.

Legally, he admits in court, he is guilty of fraud. But morally, he argues, he has not done and never intended any harm. He has the heart and soul of an artist, which the limited circumstances of his life have never permitted him to be. Respected and admired, taken seriously maybe for the first time in his life, he is lifted out of his suffering. How this is all played out before the cameras makes for a fascinating study of art, imagination, and self. This film is both wise and touching and a worthy addition to the Criterion collection.
How do you say WOW in Persian?! March 6 2015
By M. R. Alfawakhiri - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
I will not spoil the movie or give any details about the plot of this wonderful Iranian film.
I will speak however of the concept and in the abstract.
While the movie touches on the crushed dreams of the poor ordinary people, and the suffocating hopes of the unemployed youth, it does so in a personal, emotional and psychological way rather than a breaching social / political way.
The movie is realistic in its use of the semi-documentary camera, and in its portraying the different forms of human suffering and human remorse, sadness and a multitude of other emotions. However, it leaves us with a very realistic ending, where the poor remain poor, the remorse -for acting out their simple dreams- remains a remorse that demands punishment, and where the only people who can fight social injustices, only manage to secure reduced punishment.
This very realistic and true-to-life ending, while very consistent with the movie's atmosphere, ripped my heart apart.
It seems that cinema under dictatorships, is not only a fine art, but a very cunningly clever way of pointing out our faults as humans and as societies, while avoiding the wrath of the dictator. This movies lets the dictator and his censors think that it is a nice way to vent people's anger, at the same time, it will let the people who have no zeal left in them, think that it is a nice piece of art and cinema. In my opinion however, for those of us who still have the anguish, the zeal, and the anger, the movie is either a wake up call, or a proposed suicide note!
Good art defines people in no ambiguous terms.
This movie is good art.
A masterpiece Sept. 14 2013
By Brandon Smith - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I had the great fortune of watching this film in Film School. We really dissected it. It's a brilliant piece of hybrid documentary/fiction filmmaking.
Brilliant! -- must watch more than once... April 1 2013
By Diana Prechter - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
And this edition from the Criterion Collection is exceptionally good with restored footage, descriptive booklet and bonus material including a second film, The Traveler.
ABBAS IS ALWAYS A MASTER AT CATCHING HUMAN SPIRITS. Feb. 3 2013
By HAN XIAO - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
ABBAS IS ALWAYS A MASTER AT CATCHING HUMAN SPIRITS. CLOSE-UP IS REALLY ORDINARY, BUT THERE ARE ALWAYS SOME THINGS THAT WILL CATCH YOU AT SOME MOENTS WHILE WATCHING.


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