Synopses & Reviews
Iranian cinema is today widely recognized not merely as a distinctive national cinema, but as one of the most innovative in the world. This international stature both fascinates Western observers and appears paradoxical in line with perceptions of Iran as anti-modern. The largely Iranian contributors to this book look in depth at how Iranian cinema became a true ‘world cinema. From a range of perspectives, they explore cinemas development in post Revolution Iran and its place in Iranian culture.
Iranian cinema is today widely recognized not merely as a distinctive national cinema, but as one of the most innovative in the world. This text explores cinema's development in post-Revolution Iran and its place in Iranian culture.
About the Author
is Professor of Anthropology at the School of Oriental and African Studies, London.
Table of Contents
Islamizing Film Culture in Iran: A Post-Khatami Update * Classical Tools, Original Goals: Cinema and Public Policy in the Islamic Republic of Iran (1979-1997) * The Crisis in the Iranian Film Industry and the Role of Government * Perspectives on Recent International Acclaim for Iranian Cinema * Politics and Cinema in Post-revolutionary Iran: An Uneasy Relationship * Dead Certainties: The Early Makhmalbaf * A Ghost in the Machine: the Cinema of Iranian Sacred Defence * Negotiating the Politics of Gender in Iran: An Ethnography of a Documentary * Location and Cultural Identity in Iranian Films * Chaste Dolls and Unchaste Dolls: Women in Iranian Cinema since 1979 * Children in Contemporary Iranian Cinema: When we were Children * Marking Gender and Difference in the Myth of the Nation: Bashu, a Post-revolutionary Iranian Film