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What's your favorite film by Mohsen Makhmalbaf?

haven't seen any
1 (9.1%)
don't like any
1 (9.1%)
other
0 (0%)
The Cyclist
0 (0%)
Once Upon a Time, Cinema
0 (0%)
The Actor
0 (0%)
Salaam Cinema
2 (18.2%)
Gabbeh
0 (0%)
A Moment of Innocence
4 (36.4%)
The Silence
1 (9.1%)
Kandahar (aka. The Sun Behind the Moon)
2 (18.2%)
The Afghan Alphabet
0 (0%)
Scream of the Ants
0 (0%)
The Man Who Came with the Snow
0 (0%)
The Gardener
0 (0%)
The President
0 (0%)

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Author Topic: Makhmalbaf, Mohsen  (Read 2171 times)

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Re: Makhmalbaf, Mohsen - Director's Best
« Reply #10 on: February 01, 2015, 01:01:53 AM »
My review of Salaam Cinema got cited in someone's academic paper.  Neat!
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Re: Makhmalbaf, Mohsen - Director's Best
« Reply #11 on: February 01, 2015, 01:16:27 AM »
That actually happens? That's awesome. Like getting a shout out on a radio program.
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Re: Makhmalbaf, Mohsen - Director's Best
« Reply #12 on: February 02, 2015, 11:09:22 AM »
My review of Salaam Cinema got cited in someone's academic paper.  Neat!
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Re: Makhmalbaf, Mohsen - Director's Best
« Reply #13 on: March 07, 2015, 08:45:40 PM »
A Moment of Innocence 4/5
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Re: Makhmalbaf, Mohsen - Director's Best
« Reply #14 on: May 14, 2015, 12:22:03 PM »
Salaam Cinema
Kandahar
A Moment of Innocence

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Re: Makhmalbaf, Mohsen
« Reply #15 on: February 29, 2016, 01:55:58 PM »


A Moment of Innocence (1996)

In some ways akin to Mohsen Makhmalbafís Salaam Cinema, A Moment of Innocence is as much about the process behind making a film as much as a film itself. This metatextual layer is not quite as strong as Salaam Cinema, but it does make for an interesting story about how these men reflect on their lives and try to represent themselves.

The film chronicles Makhmalbafís attempt to recreate a scene from his youth when he stabbed a policeman during a protest rally. He does this by enlisting the policeman (Mirhadi Tayebi) he stabbed to help him direct the film. While the policeman directs a younger version of himself (Ali Bakhsi), Makhmalbaf hires and directs a young version of himself (Ammar Tafti) as well.

Of the two, the policemanís story is the more interesting one. Hearing him talk about his days as a policeman and the time he spent pining after a woman who kept asking him questions every day shows this gentle, sweet side to the man that makes him an affectionate dreamer, a man pining after his youth and what it could have been.

Heís also so sincere about the way he directs that it ends up being quite funny. As he teaches the youthful version of himself how to stand, walk, and salute like a police officer, the results are often hilarious. The film isnít making fun of him as much as it just finds the situations humorous and exaggerates them for comedic effect.

Itís a disappointment that Makhmalbafís scenes with the younger version of himself are not as engaging. This is in part because Makhmalbaf comes off as a far more distant, cold figure. Heís often on the other side of the camera and only heard, making him less of a human force in the film. There is one scene where he opens up a bit and itís by far the best moment of his half of the film.

However, it is interesting how the younger versions of the two men are picked. For the policeman, Makhmalbaf insists on a young man who looks more like the policeman while the policeman insists that they pick a more photogenic young man. In contrast, Makhmalbaf picks the young man who plays himself when he declares that his goal is to save the world. The policeman must look the part while the director must have the heart.

This all builds to a compelling final act where things donít quite go as plan. What that reveals about the characters and the attempt to capture the event makes for a compelling capstone to the entire affair. Reality and cinema blend into something extraordinarily beautiful and sincere.

Even then, that doesnít quite make up for the weaker moments with Makhmalbaf. His cold distance doesnít give us enough vulnerability to make him work as well as the scenes with the police officer. Thereís still a strong film here, but it fails to live up to its full potential.

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Re: Makhmalbaf, Mohsen
« Reply #16 on: March 01, 2016, 12:04:38 AM »
I like Moment of Innocence, but was always on the low end of praise from everyone else. You've nailed my problem, unlike with Salaam Cinema, Makhmalbaf is too remote from the rest of the film creating lulls when the focus is on him. We might be the only two people who see it that way.
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Re: Makhmalbaf, Mohsen
« Reply #17 on: September 11, 2018, 11:26:34 PM »
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Re: Makhmalbaf, Mohsen
« Reply #18 on: September 12, 2018, 07:11:34 AM »
I have only seen Kandahar, and it is more than worthy of a vote.

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Re: Makhmalbaf, Mohsen
« Reply #19 on: September 12, 2018, 08:52:42 AM »
The Silence
Gabbeh
The Gardener

You must have picked up that new Blu-Ray set! I had it on pre-order but I cancelled it. Glad to see I'm not missing much with The Gardener.
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