Social History of Iranian Cinema The Artisanal Era, 1897-1941
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Description: Hamid Naficy is one of the world's leading authorities on Iranian film, and A Social History of Iranian Cinema is his magnum opus. It is astonishing in its breadth and depth, covering more than a century of film history, from the late nineteenth century through the first decade of the twenty-first, and addressing not only art films but also documentaries and popular genres. Naficy's comprehensive social history unfolds through four volumes, each of which is autonomous and can be read and appreciated on its own. Volume 1 depicts and analyzes the early years of Iranian cinema. Film was introduced in Iran in 1900, three years after the country's first commercial film exhibitor saw the new media in Great Britain. An artisanal cinema industry sponsored by the ruling shahs and other elites soon emerged. The presence of women, both on the screen and in movie houses, proved controversial until 1925, when Reza Shah Pahlavi dissolved the Qajar dynasty. Ruling until 1941, Reza Shah implemented a Westernization program intended to unite and secularize the multicultural, multilingual, and multiethnic country. Cinematic representations of a fast-modernizing Iran were encouraged, the veil was outlawed, and dandies flourished. At the same time, photography, movie production, and movie houses were tightly controlled. Film production ultimately proved marginal to state formation. Only one silent feature film was produced in Iran; the few sound feature films shown in the country before 1941 were made by an Iranian expatriate in India.
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Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Duke University Press
Publication date: 9/16/2011
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.25" tall