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  • 15 December 2013 at 16 : 42 PM

    My Interview with Joan Fontaine, Only Actor to Win Oscar in Hitchcock Film

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    My Interview with Joan Fontaine, Only Actor to Win Oscar in Hitchcock Film

    Joan Fontaine, who won an Academy Award for Best Actress for director Alfred Hitchcock’s 1941 movie Suspicion, died Sunday, December 15, 2013, at her home in Carmel, California. Hitchcock himself did not win an Academy Award until 1979, when he was recognized for his lifetime achievement, but Fontaine, born October 22, 1917 in Tokyo, the […]

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  • 13 December 2013 at 17 : 21 PM

    83rd Session of Toronto Book Club

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    83rd Session of Toronto Book Club

    On the 83rd session of the Toronto Book Club, Bahman Maghsoudlou, the author of Grass: Untold Stories, reviewed the making of the feature documentary of Grass: A Nation’s Battle for Life in detail. Although it was a cold night in Toronto, the auditorium was filled with enthusiastic people. The lecture ended with a “Q&A” session […]

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  • 5 December 2013 at 16 : 53 PM

    Death of Nelson Mandela

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    Death of Nelson Mandela

    Nelson Mandela, a very rare jewel among the leaders and history of the mankind, has just passed away. He was a man of dignity who is shining on earth for his unique qualities for good. He forgives but not forgets. Condolences to all of us.

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  • 10 September 2013 at 16 : 16 PM

    Cliff Robertson (1925-2011)

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    Cliff Robertson (1925-2011)

    Cliff Robertson died last night, Saturday on Stony Brook, Long Island, New York. He acted in more than fifty films in span of fifty years. I never forget “the Best Man” (1962) directed by Farnklin Schaffner and written by great Gore Vidal. I am fortunate that had opportunity to interview both Schaffner and Robertson later […]

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  • 6 August 2013 at 16 : 33 PM

    Moviement Magazine, special issue about Amir Naderi

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    Moviement Magazine, special issue about Amir Naderi

    Moviement, a cultural movie magazine in Italy, has just published a special issue about world-renowned Iranian filmmaker Amir Naderi. The editor, Gemma Lanzo, has created an excellent reference about Naderi, with particular attention to his American films. As the author of Iranian Cinema and other books on film, I had the privilege of contributing two […]

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  • 22 May 2013 at 12 : 55 PM

    Dr. Amir Houshang Kavousi (1925-2013)

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    Dr. Amir Houshang Kavousi (1925-2013)

    I have just received the devastating news that my beloved close friend and mentor Dr. Amir Houshang Kavousi passed away in the hospital in Tehran, Iran. The new era in Iranian cinema was foreshadowed by him, the first Iranian graduate of Paris’s IDHEC in 1947, who returned home afterwards and commenced a long and tremendously […]

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  • 15 May 2013 at 17 : 17 PM

    Why I interviewed Giulio Andreotti (1919-2013)

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    Why I interviewed Giulio Andreotti (1919-2013)

    Giulio Andreotti, former premier of Italy, died last week on May 6th at age 94. He was one of postwar Italy’s most powerful politicians, helping to draft the country’s constitution after World War II. He spent sixty years in parliament and served as Italy’s premier for seven terms. For the last several years, I have […]

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  • 11 April 2013 at 13 : 46 PM

    Ardeshir Mohasses: The Rebellious Artist at Washington DC, UCLA and Palm Beach International Film Festival, April 4-11, 2013

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    Ardeshir Mohasses: The Rebellious Artist at Washington DC, UCLA and Palm Beach International Film Festival, April 4-11, 2013

    On Monday February 4, The Iranian Cultural Association of Washington DC sponsored a screening of Ardeshir Mohasses; The Rebellious Artist. The film was well-received by members and non-members alike. The distinguished audience included Taghi Mokhtar (filmmaker, film critic and editor-in-chief of the weekly magazine, Iranian in Washington DC), Dr. Mohammad Borghei (sociologist), Dr. Hadi Bahar […]

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  • 10 April 2013 at 12 : 18 PM

    Yousef Shahab

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    Last night, I was on my way to a theater for the screening of Ardeshir Mohasses: The Rebellious Artist at the Palm Beach Film Festival when I received the sad news: My good friend, Youssef Shahab, had passed away in Los Angeles the previous evening. Two weeks ago, Iranian cinema lost Amir Houshang Kavousi, and […]

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  • 2 November 2012 at 13 : 25 PM

    Ardeshir Mohasses: The Rebellious Artist Screened in Toronto, New York and Miami

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    Ardeshir Mohasses: The Rebellious Artist Screened in Toronto, New York and Miami

    New York University, New York — After four years of hard work and research, including interviews with teachers, editors, friends, scholars, classmates, critics, associates and historians, and going through thousands of cartoons, paintings, sketches, magazines, articles and books in various parts of the world, producer/director Bahman Maghsoudlou’s new one-hour film about the life and work […]

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