Bahram Beyzaie

Downpour

Downpour

Defined by a brash stylistic exuberance and a vivid way of looking at everyday life in prerevolution Iran, this first feature from the renowned Bahram Beyzaie helped usher in the Iranian New Wave. When he takes a job as a schoolteacher in a new neighborhood, the hapless intellectual Hekmati (Parviz Fannizadeh) finds that he is a fish out of water in a place where everybody’s business—including his tentative flirtation with an engaged seamstress (Parvaneh Massoumi)—is subject to the prying eyes of adults and children alike. Shot in luminous monochrome and edited with quicksilver invention, this touchstone work, which has been painstakingly restored from the only known surviving print, captures with puckish humor and great human tenderness the societal and intellectual conflicts coursing through Iran at a pivotal historical moment.

Film Info

  • Bahram Beyzaie
  • Iran
  • 1972
  • 122 minutes
  • Black & White
  • 1.33:1
  • Persian
  • Spine #1050

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Downpour
Cast
Parviz Fannizadeh
Hekmati
Parvaneh Massoumi
Atefa
Manuchehr Farid
Rahim
Mohammad Ali Keshavarz
Nazem, the headmaster
Abbas Dastranj
Mosayeb
Hossein Kasbian
Jamsheed Layegh
Esmat Safavi
Rogheyeh Chehreh-Azad
Credits
Director
Bahram Beyzaie
Screenplay
Bahram Beyzaie
Producer
Barbod Taheri
Cinematography
Barbod Taheri
Editing
Mehdi Rajaeeyan
Music by
Sheyda Gharachedaghi
Sound
Hossein Badihi