Essay The Main Features Of Iranian New Wave Cinema

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This essay will firstly discuss the main features of Iranian New Wave cinema that made it distinctive from any other around the world, whilst also providing information on the contextual conditions that allowed for this new genre of cinema to flourish amidst an atmosphere of state repression. The latter part of the essay will then be used to identify the similarities that can be drawn between the films of Iranian New Wave and those examined previously in the module, focusing primarily on the cinematic influences of Italian neorealism thereafter, Nouvelle Vague and the British New Wave that helped to inspire a generation of new directors to develop and thus transform contemporary Iranian cinema.
Before the rise of the “New Wave” genre, Iranian cinema consisted mainly of “formulaic melodramas and musicals” which proved popular amongst audiences. However, it was in reaction to this popular form of cinema that the first new wave came into being, as critics of the old system grew increasingly frustrated with the lack of realism present within the films being produced, as the portrayal of the social norms of life for many Iranians were rejected in favour of presenting a falsehood on screen. In 1969 the release of two specific films, entitled, The Cow and Qeisar, directed by Dariush Mehrjui and Masoud Kimiai respectively, are both commonly regarded as signifying the beginning of the New Wave movement in Iranian cinema. In his writing of “A Blighted Spring”, Jamsheed Akrami notes…

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