Close-Up - 1990

Directed by Abbas Kiarostami

An emotionally unstable man convinces a well-to-do family that he is the famous director Mohsen Makhmalbaf. Director Kiarostami blends reenactments of the events that have unfolded, interviews with the people involved, and actual footage from the trial of the would-be Makhmalbaf to create a compelling story of desperation and redemption.

Color, 1 hour 40 minutes, Farsi

Original Title: Nema-ye-Nazdik

Trailer currently not available, Watch Scene (Farsi w/English subtitles)

Star Rating


Firouzan Rank # 3

Cast


Hossein Sabzian As Himself
Aboulfazl Ahankhah As Himself
Mehrdad Ahankhah As Himself
Nair Mohseni Zanoozi As Herself
Ahmad Reza Moied Mohseni As Himself
Mohsen Makhmalbaf As Himself
Manouchehr Ahankhah As Himself
Mahrokh Ahankhah As Herself
Hossein Farazmand As Himself

Crew


Writer Abbas Kiarostami
Director Abbas Kiarostami
Producer Ali Reza Zarrin
Director of Photography Ali Reza Zarrindoust
Sound Recordist Ahmad Asghari
Mohammad Haghighi
Editor Abbas Kiarostami
Sound Mixer Chengiz Seyyed

Pictures


Kiarostami interviews the victimized family.

Kiarostami interviews the victimized family.

Kiarostami interviews Bogus Makhmalbaf - 'Could you make a film about my suffering?'

Kiarostami interviews Bogus Makhmalbaf - "Could you make a film about my suffering?"

Stating the case of attempted fraud.

Stating the case of attempted fraud.

The defendant listens to the charges against him.

The defendant listens to the charges against him.

The judge patiently runs his courtroom.

The judge patiently runs his courtroom.

The phony Makhmalbaf notices a change in the family's behavior.

The phony Makhmalbaf notices a change in the family's behavior.

Calmly waiting for his own arrest.

Calmly waiting for his own arrest.

Meeting the real Mohsen Makhmalbaf.

Meeting the real Mohsen Makhmalbaf.

Director and impostor riding to see the family that was deceived.

Director and impostor riding to see the family that was deceived.

'He'll make us proud of him.'

"He'll make us proud of him."

DVD


Close-Up DVD Case

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External Reviews


By Stephen Holden The New York Times

In one film after another, the great Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami twists around the equation that the author Neal Gabler calls "Life: The Movie" to make films whose aesthetic might be described as "The Movie: Life." Mr. Kiarostami's films frequently feature non-actors playing themselves in un-glamorized reconstructions of actual events. And in his brilliant, knotty 1990 film "Close-Up," which has its New York theatrical premiere today at the Screening Room, those reconstructions are seamlessly embedded in a documentary about the trial of Hossein Sabzian, a young man arrested on charges of fraud. Continued

By David Walsh World Socialist Website

The availability of Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami’s 1990 film, "Close-Up," on DVD and VHS is a welcome event. It offers those not residing in a handful of large cities or able to attend film festivals the possibility of viewing this remarkable work.

Kiarostami (born 1940) was inspired to make the film when he came across a news item about a young man, Hossein Sabzian, who passed himself off to an upper middle class family in Teheran as the well-known film director, Mohsen Makhmalbaf. Sabzian gained the family’s confidence and convinced its various members that he wanted to make a film with their participation. After his exposure and arrest, Sabzian was accused of setting the family up for a burglary. Continued



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