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At the Movies

Michael Wood: ‘Certified Copy’, 7 October 2010

Certified Copy 
directed by Abbas Kiarostami.
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... Abbas Kiarostami’s Certified Copy makes you squirm with embarrassment: at the bad acting, the bad writing, the falsity of the tones and tantrums even within the story, the ugliness and unkindness of the behaviour on display. Still, it’s authentic embarrassment, the real insidious thing, and it tempts us to believe the effect is intentional ...

It’s a playground

Gilberto Perez: Kiarostami et Compagnie, 27 June 2002

Close-Up: Iranian Cinema, Past, Present and Future 
by Hamid Dabashi.
Verso, 302 pp., £15, November 2001, 1 85984 332 8
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... A photograph of Abbas Kiarostami in Hamid Dabashi’s book shows him crouching over a frying pan that has two eggs in it. Beside him, and like him focused on the eggs, is the original movie camera invented by Lumière. The photograph was taken during the shooting of Lumière et compagnie, a film which, on the 100th anniversary of Lumière’s invention, enlisted film-makers from all over the world to make one-minute shorts using the original camera ...

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