By Hamid Naficy
Hamid Naficy is among the world’s prime specialists on Iranian movie, and A Social heritage of Iranian Cinema is his magnum opus. protecting the past due 19th century to the early twenty-first and addressing documentaries, well known genres, and paintings movies, it explains Iran’s odd cinematic creation modes, in addition to the function of cinema and media in shaping modernity and a contemporary nationwide id in Iran. This accomplished social background unfolds throughout 4 volumes, every one of which are preferred on its own.
Volume 2 spans the interval of Mohammad Reza Shah’s rule, from 1941 until eventually 1978. in this time Iranian cinema flourished and have become industrialized, at its top generating greater than 90 movies every year. The kingdom used to be instrumental in development the infrastructures of the cinema and tv industries, and it instituted an enormous gear of censorship and patronage. through the moment global warfare the Allied powers competed to regulate the flicks proven in Iran. within the following a long time, certain indigenous cinemas emerged. The extra renowned, conventional, and advertisement filmfarsi video clips incorporated tough-guy movies and the “stewpot” style of melodrama, with plots reflecting the speedy adjustments in Iranian society. The new-wave cinema was once a smaller yet extra influential cinema of dissent, made typically by way of foreign-trained filmmakers and modernist writers against the regime. paradoxically, the country either funded and censored a lot of the new-wave cinema, which grew bolder in its feedback as nation authoritarianism consolidated. a necessary documentary cinema additionally constructed within the prerevolutionary period.
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The club had a theater, a reading room, and a cinema, whose proceeds were used for welfare purposes. Iranian plays, such as Hasan Moqaddam’s Jafar Khan Is Back from Europe, as well as those by European au‑ thors such as Molière, Racine, Victor Hugo, and Ruy Blas were performed there. The Farhang Club also had a women’s offshoot, which staged plays for women whose performers were also, and unusually, women, such as Fatemeh Nashuri, Parirokh Vahdat, and Banu Khojastegi (Floor 2005:245–46). The club lasted until 1931, but it is not known what movies it screened.
Still, the appointment of a foreigner to such a high and sensitive position did create rancor. ” However, she had to expend much time and energy to fight off the “intrigues” orga‑ nized against her by local commercial exhibitors whose movies she censored. i nter natio nal haggling 7 For example, in 1945 on order of the minister of the interior, she banned the screening of Hollywood gangster movies, a lucrative genre. One reason was to appease the Soviets. Another was that a study by the interior minister, a jurist and a former prosecuting attorney, had turned up evidence that gang‑ ster movies had inspired juvenile delinquency in Iran.
Eleanor Fitzgerald (1877–1955) Papers, 1915–1974, Manuscript Collection 13, Archives, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. ”7 The full reasons for appointing an American to this sensitive national and political position are unknown. Some Iranians, such as the film historian Ja‑ mal Omid, claim that the young Shah’s government was too weak and naive to resist Allied pressure. The implication here is that the Americans imposed Cook on the Iranians. However, it may also have been Iranian cleverness to agree to Cook’s appointment to lure the United States into Iran as part of the country’s strategy of equilibrium, which allowed it to safeguard itself against the two traditional meddling powers, the United Kingdom and the Soviet Union.
A Social History of Iranian Cinema, Volume 2: The Industrializing Years by Hamid Naficy