Author Spotlight

Godfrey Cheshire

Godfrey Cheshire, a New York–based filmmaker and critic, is the author of Conversations with Kiarostami and In the Time of Kiarostami: Writings on Iranian Cinema (forthcoming).

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The Koker Trilogy: Journeys of the Heart
The Koker Trilogy: Journeys of the Heart

Paving a path from neorealism to playfully deconstructive postmodernism, Abbas Kiarostami’s suite of village fables explores complex philosophical mysteries through disarmingly simple means.

By Godfrey Cheshire

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A Brighter Summer Day: Coming of Age in Taipei
A Brighter Summer Day: Coming of Age in Taipei

Edward Yang’s masterful 1991 adolescent epic telegraphs the tensions and turbulence of 1960s Taiwan, when youth pop culture and teen street gangs became a major societal force.

By Godfrey Cheshire

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Certified Copy: At Home and Abroad
Certified Copy: At Home and Abroad

Iranian master director Abbas Kiarostami voyaged to Italy to make a film that questions love, relationships, and Western art cinema.

By Godfrey Cheshire

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Close-up: Prison and Escape
Close-up: Prison and Escape

This milestone of Iranian filmmaking fuses, in a wholly original way, an unorthodox mix of documentary and fiction, a self-reflexive musing on cinema and its impact, and a simultaneous exaltation and questioning of the auteur.

By Godfrey Cheshire

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Ride with the Devil: Apocalypse Then
Ride with the Devil: Apocalypse Then

Just over halfway through Ang Lee’s masterful Civil War drama Ride with the Devil, the small group of men at the story’s center, young, Southern-sympathizing Bushwhackers fighting in divided Missouri, meet up with other ragtag bands of rebels.…

By Godfrey Cheshire

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The “Demonic Charisma” of Gimme Shelter

Gimme Shelter is the film I’ve seen more than any other. I guess you could say I was obsessed with it for a spell. I saw it first during its premiere New York run in late 1970. Back home in North Carolina shortly thereafter, I followed it through t…

By Godfrey Cheshire

Bicycle Thieves: A Passionate Commitment to the Real

Viewed in retrospect, much of modern cinema can seem to flow from twin fountainheads: Orson Welles’s Citizen Kane (1941) and Vittorio De Sica’s Bicycle Thieves (1948). Though separated by World War II, the two movies symbolize the cardinal impuls

By Godfrey Cheshire

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Taste of Cherry
Taste of Cherry

In Abbas Kiarostami’s universe, it might be said, there are no things, only relations between things. Likewise, in his cinema: no films, only relations between films—and within them. And between them and us.Three and one. The most celebrated of I…

By Godfrey Cheshire

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