Conversations with Mohsen Makhmalbaf by Hamid Dabashi

Conversations with Mohsen Makhmalbaf

Hamid Dabashi
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  • ISBN
    9781906497354 / 1906497354
  • Title Conversations with Mohsen Makhmalbaf
  • Author Hamid Dabashi
  • Category Individual Film Directors, Film-makers
  • Format
    Hardcover
  • Year 2010
  • Pages 196
  • Publisher
    Seagull Books London Ltd
  • Imprint Seagull Books London Ltd
  • Language English
  • Dimensions 148mm x 206mm x 20mm

Annotation

Born in Tehran in 1957, film-maker Mohsen Ostad Ali Makhmalbaf grew up in the religiously and politically charged atmosphere of the 1960s. In this title, he reflects on the relationship between cinema and violence, tolerance, and social change, as well as the political and artistic importance of the autonomy of the film-maker.

Publisher Description

Born in Tehran in 1957, film-maker Mohsen Ostad Ali Makhmalbaf grew up in the religiously and politically charged atmosphere of the 1960s, and the June 1963 uprising of Ayatollah Khomeini constitutes one of his earliest memories. In 1972 Makhmalbaf formed his own urban guerrilla group and two years later attacked a police officer, for which he was arrested and jailed. He remained incarcerated until 1978, when the revolutionary wave led by Ayatollah Khomeini freed him and launched his career as a writer and self-taught film maker. Since then, Makhmalbaf has gone on to make such highly admired films as “Gabbeh” and “The Silence”. The three lengthy conversations collected here, between Makhmalbaf and leading Iranian film critic and scholar Hamid Dabashi, traverse the film-maker's experiences as a young radical, his critical stance regarding the current Islamic regime, and his fascination with films - both as product and as process.
In this in-depth view of one of the most significant Middle Eastern film-makers of our time, Makhmalbaf reflects on the relationship between cinema and violence, tolerance, and social change, as well as the political and artistic importance of the autonomy of the film-maker.

Author Biography

Hamid Dabashi is professor at Columbia University and the author of many books and essays on cinema, including Close Up: Iranian Cinema, Past, Present and Future; Dreams of a Nation: On Palestinian Cinema; and Makhmalbaf at Large: The Making of a Rebel Filmmaker.

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