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Abbas Kiarostami (Contemporary Film Directors) Paperback – May, 2003
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About the Author
Jonathan Rosenbaum is film critic at the "Chicago Reader", author of "Moving Places" (1995) and "Placing Movies" (1995), both published by California, editor of "This is Orson Welles" (1993), and a member of the New York Film Festival selection committee.
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My major criticism comes in the dialogue between the authors: Rosenbaum uses the conversation to continue a spat he was having with fellow writer Howard Hampton, who thought Rosenbaum liked foreign directors too much and domestic directors too little. While Saeed-Vafa tries to bring the dialogue to more relevant topics, Rosebaum continually brings Hampton back up: "What about Hampton's charge that I..." and later "Maybe Hampton thinks I'm being snobbish..." He just comes off as being petty. The two authors also take shots at well-known movie critic Roger Ebert for not liking Kiarostami.
Overall, this is a good introduction to Kiarostami and I would still recommend it to those interested in him or Iranian cinema in general, but the dialogue section gets a little bogged down with the professional spat between Rosenbaum and Hampton.