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Close-Up (1990)
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Summary: Pretending to be Mohsen Makhmalbaf making his next movie, Ali Sabzian enters a well-to-do family in Teheran. The actual people involved in the incident re-enact the actual events, followed by the footage from the actual trial that took place. (imdb)
Genre: Drama
Country: Iran
Directed By: Abbas Kiarostami
Written By: Abbas Kiarostami
AKA: Nema-ye Nazdik
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na RetinaScan
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na felipelahm
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na coutinho
93
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na lostty
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na david99
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na eveelun
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na penguinbob31
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na aneves
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na allmovie
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na Allan Kardec
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na bedirhankara
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na Yorick
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na Christophilm
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na JohnSandwich
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Powerful and complex.
na Carlospro
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na ailm
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na The Way
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na Anita.k
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na Coredor
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na barisius
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na P u l p
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na JakeAesthete
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What is it about Kiarostami that i always end up finding so boring and dull? I want to like his movies but they always come off as unremarkable (despite what critics i admire claim otherwise). It's not a good thing when i find myself wishing i was listening to Jonathan Rosenbaum's commentary track instead of the actual movie. It seems like there is potential here for interesting commentary on cinematic "truth"/realism here but it never amounts to anything, and the courtroom scenes are too long.
na Rocko
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na Benasdfghjkl
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na Ali_V.
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na Mochard
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na b4con
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na Moribunny
85
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I could never have predicted that this concept, which looks potentially smart-alecky on paper, would be so fruitful. It's a touching and fascinating film, one of the most interesting and thought-provoking movies I've seen about cinema itself. Kiarostami devises the reconstruction with great intelligence and sensitivity. It's so ironic how Sabzian, the perpetrator of the fraud, is himself such a naive and suggestible fellow.
na Pats_London
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na Vendetta
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na mark83
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na PolegaR
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na bones_r
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na shivayy
68
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na nmroshan
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na Shahed
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na Johnny Mo
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na juanpsala
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na Guaporense
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na django
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na crmassari
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na ColonelTigh
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na tankut
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na IDYmilkshake
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na fabiovisnadi
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na auteurist
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na ormz
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na electriccafe
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na frg
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na sdoles
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na !nsomn!a
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na ronthedog
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Brilliant semi-documentary in which Kiarostami challenges our usual expectations about life and art and produces a warm and prescient human and social commentary.
na ppinocchio
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na AutumnLily
86
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A statement on the inability of documentaries to capture reality. Still, Close-up is absolutely a documentary, just one that intentionally indulges in the things that prevent many documentaries from capturing the objective facts about things (and becomes all the more fascinating because of this). Features the usual great things about Kiarostami - it's warm, compassionate, brimming with humanity.
na roujin
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na HenrikM
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na maxmellman
93
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na FlixR8r
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na m4th3u5
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na ericdupont
95
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na oktncgr
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na SakiroQ
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na Angelopoulos
85
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na Nepeta
85
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A statement on the inability of documentaries to capture reality. Still, Close-up is absolutely a documentary, just one that intentionally indulges in the things that prevent many documentaries from capturing the objective facts about things (and becomes all the more fascinating because of this). Features the usual great things about Kiarostami - it's warm, compassionate, brimming with humanity.
na JasonKDarby
90
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na saeed.hosein
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na DerDude
10
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na Seftref
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na MMAlpha
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na ari
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na benthamite
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na Air23
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na glm01
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82.500
na kyle.loomis
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na DBibby
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na Yahyaa
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na bob thrillin
96
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Extraordinary. "Film about film" is one of those concepts that's always teetering on the brink of triteness, but Kiarostami toys so brilliantly with the boundaries of documentary and narrative cinema and the medium itself that Close-Up never approaches it. As someone who's come to think of film viewing as a truly spiritual process, this hits really close to home. I never wanted the aerosol can to stop rolling.
na Tourist
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na LEAVES
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The strange production is likely the most famous thing about the film, but there's no big deal made about it in the movie. I wouldn't have known what they did until reading about it afterward, it's executed brilliantly. The film itself is about art(cinema specifically), what it means to us and what different people will do in its name. It really forces you to think about your perceptions.
na tech2isobel
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na They Turn Me
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na masoo
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Itís all based on a true story, naturally. There is footage from the actual trial (I think), but also re-creations of the events in the case, where the actual people involved play themselves. Meanwhile, thereís the matter of Kiarostami, who imposes his vision on events, real and re-created. Watching the movie, things move along quite smoothly, but five minutes after itís over, as your mind twists around all of the implications of what it has just seen, things are no longer so smooth.
na IMDb-byvotes
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na close-up
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na rant1229
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na WBadger
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na JooJoo
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na MartinTeller
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An incredibly novel premise: a semi-documentary, including reenactments by all the people involved, of the story of a man who impersonates director Mohsen Makhmalbaf. It's funny and touching and thoroughly engaging. It touches on identity, class, and cinema. When the microphone starts to cut out at the end, I wondered if it was Kiarostami's way of telling us that he, too, was only pretending at being a director, and the facade was breaking down.
na Icarus
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Blurring the lines between documentary and fiction, Kiarostami offers a film that challenges assumptions about the nature of truth, the flexibility of image, and the importance of recognizing perspective. The film manages to be both intellectually stimulating and heartfelt at once. Sabzian is a fascinating subject for a film, and Kiarostami made the perfect formal choices to highlight both his falsity and his truth. Beautiful stuff.
na Exidor
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na buttercup
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na jonnykungfu
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na Valenzetti
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To those who say post-modernism can have no heart, I say, watch this film.
na johnatanjj
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na tanguero
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na jyt84
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na bibis
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na volver
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na danozu
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na Communicants
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na Neonman
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A well executed mixture of doco footage and dramatisations that piece this narrative together. It also features one of the more interesting court-room scenes (perhaps because it's real) and Sabzian must be a relatable character for all budding film-makers out there -- I felt about him the same way he describes feeling about the boy from The Traveler.
na col. dax
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na masoud.nle
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na Farzan
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I can easily say that Close-Up is one of the most unique and extremely well made films I've ever seen. It didn't hit me as hard as it hit alot of other people, but I can definitely see how well this film was made. Its such an interesting premise. The non-professional actors did an extremely professional job. I was truly touched by the performance of Hossain Sabzian, he really shows us both in words, and just by looking at his face, how strongly cinema impacts those who thrive off it. Excellent.
na Theyshootpic
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na evolving
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na Ludium
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na sakaerka
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na pitn
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na payami
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na SlantMag
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"Close Up is still the definitive film-on-film commentary." - Ed Gonzalez
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na Electronic6
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