The Cow - 1969

Directed by Dariush Mehrjui

The inhabitants of an Iranian village attempt to hide the death of the town's only cow from its owner. They know that the news will crush him so they have no choice but to lie. The reaction of the cow's owner, Mashd Hassan (Ezatollah Entezami) quickly declines from staunch denial to an unrelenting delirium in which he actually believes that he is his own cow.

B&W, 1 hour 40 minutes, Farsi

Original Title: Gaav

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Star Rating


Firouzan Rank # 1

Cast


Ezatollah Entezami Mashd Hassan
Ali Nasirian Eslam
Jafar Vali  
Jamshid Mashayekhi Abbas
Esmat Safavi  
Mahin Shahabi  
Parviz Fanizadeh  
Khosro Shojazadeh  
M. Dolatabadi  
Shokhoh Najamabadi  
Ezatollah Ramazanfar  
Firouz Bahjat Mohammadi  
Gholamali Banipour  
Yadollah Shirandami  
Montaj Najoomi  
Dariush Rezaii  

Crew


Writer Dariush Mehrjui
Gholam Hossein Saedi
Director Dariush Mehrjui
Producer Dariush Mehrjui
Director of Photography Fireidoon Ghovanlou
Sound Recordist Bahram Daraie
Editor Dariush Mehrjui
Zani Khalaj
Sound Mixer Yadollah Asghari
Music Mormoz Farhat

Pictures


The Shah of Iran was displeased that a movie depicting Iran's rural villages represented the country to international audiences.

The Shah of Iran was displeased that a movie depicting Iran's rural villages represented the country to international audiences.

Mashd Hassan (Ezatollah Entezami) and the cow he dotes upon.

Mashd Hassan (Ezatollah Entezami) and the cow he dotes upon.

From Joy to Paranoia - Realizing he is not alone.

From Joy to Paranoia - Realizing he is not alone.

The bane of Hassan's village - the thieving Boulories.

The bane of Hassan's village - the thieving Boulories.

While Hassan is away, his cow is mysteriously found dead.

While Hassan is away, his cow is mysteriously found dead.

The villagers try to reason with Hassan, whose responses confound and trouble them.

The villagers try to reason with Hassan, whose responses confound and trouble them.

'The moon comes out every time my cow is thirsty.'

"The moon comes out every time my cow is thirsty."

Observing Hassan's behavior.

Observing Hassan's behavior.

Transformation complete.

Transformation complete.

Having no other option, the villagers bind Hassan and take him to the city for treatment.

Having no other option, the villagers bind Hassan and take him to the city for treatment.

Eslam (Ali Nasirian) whips Hassan as he would a stubborn animal

Eslam (Ali Nasirian) whips Hassan as he would a stubborn animal.

DVD


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External Reviews


By Thomas Quinn Curtiss The New York Times

The Venice Film Festival prides itself on revealing new talents. In 1951 it honored "Rashomon" with its Golden Lion first prize (now temporarily abolished) and thus introduced the Japanese cinema to the West. Since then it has sought to repeat this Marco Polo-esque feat, welcoming motion pictures from unlikely lands, often more out of hope than sound judgment. Continued



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