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Close-Up (The Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray]


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  • Actors: Mohsen Makhmalbaf, Hossain Sabzian, Abolfazl Ahankhah, Mehrdad Ahankhah, Monoochehr Ahankhah
  • Directors: Abbas Kiarostami
  • Writers: Abbas Kiarostami
  • Producers: Ali Reza Zarrin
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: Farsi
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Criterion
  • DVD Release Date: June 22, 2010
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003E0YU04
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #111,714 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Close-Up (The Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

Special Features

  • New, restored high-definition digital transfer
  • Uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
  • Audio commentary by Mehrnaz Saeed-Vafa and Jonathan Rosenbaum
  • The Traveler, a notable early feature by director Abbas Kiarostami
  • "Close-up" Long Shot, a forty-five-minute documentary on Hossein Sabzian
  • A Walk with Kiarostami (2003), a thirty-two minute documentary on the director
  • New video interview with Kiarostami
  • New and improved English subtitle translation
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by film scholar Godfrey Cheshire

  • Editorial Reviews

    Internationally revered Iranian filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami (Taste of Cherry, Ten) has created some of the most inventive and transcendent cinema of the past thirty years, and CLOSE-UP is his most radical, brilliant work. This fiction-documentary hybrid uses a sensational real-life event--the arrest of a young man on charges that he fraudulently impersonated well-known filmmaker Mohsen Makhmalbaf--as the basis for a stunning, multilayered investigation into movies, identity, artistic creation, and existence, in which the real people from the case play themselves. With its universal themes and fascinating narrative knots, CLOSE-UP continues to resonate with viewers around the world.

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    7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Ronald Scheer on March 27, 2010
    Format: DVD
    Shot in 40 days, using courtroom footage and reenactments with people playing themselves, this "new wave" film by Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami is an absorbing journey into the nature of identity. What does an ordinary man become when he is assumed to be someone famous? The answer can be poignant, as it is in this film, and surprisingly complex.

    Moved by director Mohsen Makhmalbaf's film "The Cyclist," a divorced and unemployed printer's assistant pretends for a moment to a fellow bus passenger that he is the director himself. Suddenly becoming the object of respect and admiration, he allows himself to be drawn into a ruse involving an entire family, who believe that he wants to make a movie about them.

    Legally, he admits in court, he is guilty of fraud. But morally, he argues, he has not done and never intended any harm. He has the heart and soul of an artist, which the limited circumstances of his life have never permitted him to be. Respected and admired, taken seriously maybe for the first time in his life, he is lifted out of his suffering. How this is all played out before the cameras makes for a fascinating study of art, imagination, and self. This film is both wise and touching and a worthy addition to the Criterion collection.
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    By Brandon Smith on September 14, 2013
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    I had the great fortune of watching this film in Film School. We really dissected it. It's a brilliant piece of hybrid documentary/fiction filmmaking.
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    And this edition from the Criterion Collection is exceptionally good with restored footage, descriptive booklet and bonus material including a second film, The Traveler.
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    ABBAS IS ALWAYS A MASTER AT CATCHING HUMAN SPIRITS. CLOSE-UP IS REALLY ORDINARY, BUT THERE ARE ALWAYS SOME THINGS THAT WILL CATCH YOU AT SOME MOENTS WHILE WATCHING.
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