Once Upon a Time, Cinema - 1992

Directed by Mohsen Makhmalbaf

A Charlie Chaplin like character known only as "the cinematographer" joins the court of Nasser Aldin Shah (Ezatollah Entezami) of the Qajar Dynasty to bring the art of filmmaking to Iran. Director Mohsen Makhmalbaf integrates historical footage and clips from classic Iranian Films into this story to further blur the line between fantasy and reality.

B&W, 1 hour 30 minutes, Farsi

Original Title: Ruzi Ruzegari Cinema

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Star Rating


Firouzan Rank # 35

Cast


Ezatollah Entezami Mozaffar Aldin Shah, Nasser Aldin Shah, Mashd Hassan
Mehdi Hashemi Cinematographer
Mohammad Ali Keshavarz Farash Bashi
Akbar Abdi  
Dariush Arjmand Amir Kabir
Fatemeh Motamed Arya Lor Girl
Mahaya Petrosian Sogholi
Parvaneh Massoumi  

Crew


Writer Mohsen Makhmalbaf
Director Mohsen Makhmalbaf
Producer Massoud Jafari
Director of Photography Nematt Haghighi
Farojollah Heydari
Sound Recordist Ahmad Asghari
Production Designer Hassan Farsi
Editor Davoud Yusafian
Sound Mixer Mohsen Roshan
Music Majid Entezami

Pictures


The cinematographer leaves behind his beloved Atieh to join the court of the Shah.

The cinematographer leaves behind his beloved Atieh to join the court of the Shah.

Busy at work 'establishing cinematography.'

Busy at work "establishing cinematography."

'You know 'cut' means 'shut up'.'

"You know 'cut' means 'shut up'."

The cinematographer nearly looses his life for filming in the quarters of the Shah's wives.

The cinematographer nearly looses his life for filming in the quarters of the Shah's wives.

Enjoying cinema for the first time.

Enjoying cinema for the first time.

After viewing his first movie, 'The Lor Girl,' Nasser Aldin Shah invites his 200 children to experience cinema.

After viewing his first movie, "The Lor Girl," Nasser Aldin Shah invites his 200 children to experience cinema.

Going through the book of wives to find Golnar from 'The Lor Girl.'

Going through the book of wives to find Golnar from "The Lor Girl."

The Shah shares cinema with his many wives.

The Shah shares cinema with his many wives.

The cinematographer gets some help from 'The Cyclist.'

The cinematographer gets some help from "The Cyclist."

The Shah channels Mashd Hassan (Ezatollah Entezami's character in The Cow) as he takes acting lessons from the cinematographer.

The Shah channels Mashd Hassan (Ezatollah Entezami's character in The Cow) as he takes acting lessons from the cinematographer.

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