Great Shot of the Week
Dir. Abbas Kiarostami
A moment of sublime poetry in Kiarostami’s brilliant deconstruction of both narrative and documentary cinema, Close-Up. As a journalist and two policemen enter the home of a family subject to the identity fraud of a devout cinema lover posing as a major Iranian film director, Kiarostami instead remains fixed on the taxi driver outside, acting as one of the myriad of details he places to the side that curiously paint a deeper picture of the story at hand. As Kiarostami put it, the story must be completed by the audience’s imagination.