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A Year in Film Pt. 4

A Viewing List for Twenty Eighteen

Gabbeh[Mohsen Makhmalbaf, 1996]:
Watched: Sep 25, 2018
Makhmalbaf's other films from this same period, Salaam Cinema (1995) and A Moment of Innocence (1996), are key works for me. In both films I was amazed by the director's blurring of the line between fiction and reality; the self-reflexive aspect of the work, in which the making of a film becomes a commentary, not just on the film itself, but on the role of the cinema, as a medium, to express ideas and emotions that connect the past to the present. There's a similar device implicit in the film in question, though here the "meta"-aspect has been replaced by something distinctly un-cinematic, but no less pictorial in presentation; specifically, the 'gabbeh' of the title. Referring to a type of Persian rug, the title of the film pre-establishes the role that the gabbeh will play in defining both the style and subject matter of the film, as well as the greater political comm…


Still the best film with the title 'Roma'

Roma [Federico Fellini, 1972]:
A Year in Film Pt. 4 should be posted before the start of next week. I haven't had a lot of time for writing recently. Apologies.