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The members to this well timed quantity discover the philosophical underpinnings and cinematic thoughts attribute of up to date Iranian movie. jointly, they display how the pervasive issues of Iranian cinema—such as martyrdom and conflict, conventional gender roles and their fresh subversion, in addition to broader social coverage issues—have been addressed and the way a number of administrators, together with the acclaimed Abbas Kiarostami, have approached them utilizing quite a few ideas. taking pictures the original poetic and mystical dimensions of Iranian cinema, those essays give some thought to the results of the Islamic Revolution on cinema’s moral and aesthetic aspects. 

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Inside a dark cave used for keeping animals, Behzâd has a conversation with a young girl who is milking the cow to fill his bucket. She has a single lantern. and ends with the verse quoted by Behzâd. Strikingly, the scene is again a filmic representation of the poem (as when the child appears to guide the wandering Landrover). It is not totally clear what Behzâd’s motives are here. After a brief conversation with the girl, in which he extracts very little information from her but ascertains that she has never heard of Forugh Farrokhzâd, he proceeds to recite the poem after which the film is named.

The endings of such films must also provide some sort of moral lesson. This explains the tragic ending of Hemlock in which the mistress dies in a car accident. However, the movie’s success in the box office was, in my opinion, due to all the preceding scenes. In other cases, the protagonist’s emotions are expressed through highly metaphorical or symbolic discourse. For example, actors use a suggestive language to talk about something relating to their beloved, to their faith, or to their situation.

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