Great Shot of the Week

Close-Up (1990)

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.

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~ by febriblog on August 4, 2010.

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