Salaam Cinema
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Salaam Cinema

1995
Drama
Documentary
1h 15m
Makhmalbaf puts an advertisement in the papers calling for an open casting for his next movie. However when hundreds of people show up, he decides to make a movie about the casting and the screen tests of the would-be actors. (imdb)
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Salaam Cinema

1995
Drama
Documentary
1h 15m
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Rated 06 Mar 2008
86
84th
It was fantastic seeing everyday people try to achieve their dreams of acting, or involvement film. Even seeing someone getting killed on film was jaw dropping. That thought will never leave my head. Makhmalbaf does great in this film.
Rated 30 Oct 2015
83
72nd
Very good and surprisingly entertaining, but it's nowhere near A Moment of Innocence. It's pretty much Makhmalbaf goading people chosen for a screen test into getting frustrated and arguing with him. There are some great moments here and there, mostly funny but a couple of sympathetic ones too, and there is an interesting undercurrent of examination into ambition and personal resolve. But as a whole it's too self satisfied with the concept to push it into something really spectacular.
Rated 18 Jun 2008
83
93rd
A diabolical concept, but so very effective: Makhmalbaf deliberately blurs the line between actor and amateur applicant. The audition becomes the movie and we get to see the confusion of the auditioned as they're told this. It's hard to absolve the director toying with them like a cat with its prey, but just as hard not to revel in their reactions and to feel for them.
Rated 03 Apr 2011
81
66th
A very, very cynical look at cinema (what better way to celebrate it's 100th birthday) which suits how I feel about movies these days. The realisations of these people's motives to get into the film is heart-breaking and shows how important film productions are in countries like these. A real eye-opener, but I should point out that's it's not all gloomy and there are some real laugh-out-loud moments.
Rated 18 Jun 2019
85
87th
my take is that girls have so much screen time because they are the biggest rebels and revolt is what makhmalbaf aspires the most and this is what (is supposed to, at least) justify his mind games
Rated 12 Mar 2022
87
93rd
04.16 Erkan
Rated 02 Mar 2024
10
14th
gave up after half an hour. putting people into such situations irritated me. art is "for" the people, not the other way around. individuals are not instruments. I know that I come to hasty conclusions but I don't know, I don't care. I guess I am not interested in such a "glorification" of the "art" of cinema in that way.

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