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Close-up

Abbas Kiarostami

 
Close-up (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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  • Iran
  • 1990
  • 98 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.33:1
  • Persian
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  • Spine #519

Internationally revered Iranian filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami has created some of the most inventive and transcendent cinema of the past thirty years, and Close-up is his most radical, brilliant work. This fiction-documentary hybrid uses a sensational real-life event—the arrest of a young man on charges that he fraudulently impersonated the well-known filmmaker Mohsen Makhmalbaf—as the basis for a stunning, multilayered investigation into movies, identity, artistic creation, and existence, in which the real people from the case play themselves. With its universal themes and fascinating narrative knots, Close-up has resonated with viewers around the world.

Disc Features

  • New, restored high-definition digital transfer, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
  • Audio commentary by Mehrnaz Saeed-Vafa and Jonathan Rosenbaum, authors of Abbas Kiarostami
  • The Traveler, director Abbas Kiarostami’s first feature
  • “Close-up” Long Shot, a documentary on Close-up’s central figure, Hossein Sabzian, six years after the film
  • New video interview with Kiarostami
  • A Walk with Kiarostami (2003), a documentary portrait of the director by Iranian film professor Jamsheed Akrami
  • New and improved English subtitle translation
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring a new essay by film critic Godfrey Cheshire

    New cover by Eric Skillman

Film Essays

Close-up: Prison and Escape

By Godfrey Cheshire June 22, 2010

In the autumn of 1989, the Iranian magazine Sorush printed a story about an unusual crime: a poor man had been arrested for impersonating a celebrated film director, Mohsen Makhmalbaf, to a . . . Read more »

Clippings


Press Notes

Press Notes: 2010—One Last Look

January 03, 2011

Before we put 2010 to bed, we thought we’d catch up with all the year-end lists that have sprung up over the past week or so. A good place to start is DVD Beaver’s annual poll, which ranks the . . . Read more »


Press Notes

Press Notes: Looking Back at 2010

December 22, 2010

Sight & Sound’s annual poll of the year’s best DVD (and Blu-ray) releases is out, and this edition features choices from twenty-four “contributors, DVD distributors, and curators.” We’re . . . Read more »


Press Notes

Press Notes: Close-up

June 24, 2010

Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami, one of the most important cinematic figures of the past thirty years, has been in the news recently: his latest, Certified Copy, earned Juliette Binoche the . . . Read more »


Film Essays

Close-up: Prison and Escape

By Godfrey Cheshire June 22, 2010

In the autumn of 1989, the Iranian magazine Sorush printed a story about an unusual crime: a poor man had been arrested for impersonating a celebrated film director, Mohsen Makhmalbaf, to a . . . Read more »


Clippings

The Poetry of Close-up

March 26, 2010

Iranian filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami’s Close-up, coming to Criterion DVD and Blu-ray disc June 22, returns to the big screen this week, in a new twentieth-anniversary print courtesy of Janus Films . . . Read more »