Celebrating the Art of Film
From The Birth of Cinema
To The New Millennium
Writer, Producer, Director: Bahman MaghsoudlouExecutive Producer: Bijan MaghsoudlouAssociate Producer: Behrouz MaghsoudlouWriter/Consultant: Mohammad Tahaminejad (Iranian Film Critics/Historian)A long documentary in productionIran-USA
Iranian cinema is recognized today as one of the most significant, poetic and humanistic national cinemas to emerge onto the world scene. But while it is rapidly becoming better known around the world, most audiences are still unaware of how the seed of this cinema was planted and how it flourished and grew.
Iranian Cinema: Searching For The Roots (1900-1979) will be the most comprehensive documentary to examine the rise of the cinema in Iran. This documentary will objectively convey the complete history of Iranian cinema from birth to the Islamic revolution in 1979. It will analyze Iranian films from both commercial and artistic standpoints.
The film begins with an exploration of the thought, imagination and expression in all forms of Persian art, particularly in terms of the depiction of movement, since the beginning of civilization in Persia, and demonstrates how a uniquely cinematic aesthetic existed long before the introduction of the camera to Iran in 1900. From there we will examine the birth and growth of Iranian cinema from its origins through the Islamic Revolution in 1979.
The film will try to objectively establish:
a) That the roots of the current worldwide success of Iranian cinema existed in the cinema before the 1979 Revolution.b) That from the mid-’60s to mid-’70s Iranian filmmakers created the most important films in Iranian cinema from both artistic and social standpoints.
This documentary, which features over 100 interviews, will consist of:
1) Interviews with the most distinguished Iranian directors, both those living in Iran and those outside.2) Interviews with film critics, film historians, actors and actresses, producers, editors, cinematographers, and other notable people from the film industry in Iran.3) Interviews with the directors of major international film festivals, film critics from all over the world and western distributors of Iranian films.4) Excerpts from all of the significant films artistically, commercially, socially, politically, historically, etc.5) Insight into the important events that shaped Iranian cinema.
Length: 2 hours for theatrical and television releases; 10 hours for DVD and VHS release.Shooting format: Digital DVCam, PAL, Final 35mm negative.
We have already shot more than 160 hours of this documentary and conducted interviews with more than eighty five people.
Highlights of the content:1- Discovery of previously unseen footage, which has been restored, shot in Tehran circa 1900.2- Footage of all cinema houses in Tehran.3- Footage shot in the graveyards where those who worked in the cinema industry are buried.4- Footage of the Golestan Palace in Tehran, where the first instances of photography in Iran took place.5- Hundreds of posters and stills.6- Hundreds of film clips.7- Interviews with several very important people in the film industry who have since passed away.8- The presentation of new, recently discovered material pertaining to Iranian cinema and its pioneers.9- Footage of distinguished critics and the presidents of major international film festivals discussing Iranian films and the directors who captured their attention as their work made its way to the west.
ContributerMohammad Tahaminejad – Iranian film critic and historian
Actresses1- Iren2- Zari Khoshkam3- Shahla4- Zhaleh Olovv5- Shohreh Aghdashlou6- Farzaneh Taidi7- Fakhri Khorvash8- Fahimeh Rastgar9- Katayoun10- Parvaneh Masoumi11- Mary Apik12- Zinat Moaddab13- Partow Nooriala14- Vida Ghahremani15- Simin Ghaffari16- Shahrzad (Kobra Saidi)
Actors1- Fardin2- Naser Malek-Motei3- Manouchehr Vosough4- Behrouz Behnezhad5- Hamid Ghanbari6- Jamshid Mashayekhi7- Said Rad8- Davoud Rashidi9- Ali Nasirian10- Taghi Mokhtar11- Gregory Mark (Marco Grigorian)12- Abbas Moayeri
Actors/Directors1- Nosratollah Vahdat2- Reza Fazeli3- Nosrat Karimi4- Zakaria Hashemi5- Mohammad Motevasselani6- Iraj Ghaderi
Directors1- Farrokh Ghaffary2- Arbi Ovanessian3- Azizollah Bahadori4- Aman Manteghi5- Amir Shervan6- Houshang Kavoussi7- Parviz Kimiavi8- Hossein Torabi9- Davoud Mollapour10- Reza Allamehzadeh11- Masoud Kimia’i12- Bahram Beyzai13- Mohammad Reza Aslani14- Ismail Riahi15- Daryoush Mehrjoui16- Kamran Shirdel17- Abbas Kia-Rostami18- Hagir Daryoush19- Reza Badiyi 20- Amin Amini 21- Fereydoun Goleh
Animator1- Nouradin Zarrinkelk
Cinematographers1- Shahrokh Golestan2- Solomon Minasian3- Nemat Haghigi4- Mahmoud Koushan5- Azizollah Rafii6- Petros Palian7- Farrokh Majidi8- Mohammad Zarfam9- Maziar Partow
Composers1- Esfandiar Monfaredzadeh2- Fereydoun Shahbazian
Editors1- Abbas Ganjavi2- Zari Khalaj
Festival Presidents1- Sheila Witaker-London2- Pierre-Henri Deleau, Cannes3- Ricard Pena, New York
Film Critics1- Andrew Sarris (USA)2- Godfrey Cheshire (USA)3- Fereydoun Hoveyda4- Houshang Kavussi5- Parviz Davai6- Callisto Cosolich (Italy)7- Parviz (Shin) Nazerian8- Mohammad Haghighat9- Babak Sasan
Film Historians1- Farrokh Ghaffary2- Mohammad Tahaminejad3- Masoud Mehrabi4- Shahriar Adl5- Mohammad Ali Issari6- Bahman Maghsoudlou
Laboratory1- Akbar Alami
Political/Social Historian1- Amir Taheri
Posters1- Towfigh Momtaz
Production Manager1- Asghar Bichareh
Producers1- Ali Abbasi2- Ali Mortazavi3- Sasan Veysi4- Dominique Antoine5- Kaveh6- Hassan Sharifimehr/scriptwriter7- Iraj Gorgin
Script Writer1- Abbas Pahlavan2- Omid Rowhani
Set Designer1- Khosrow Khorshidi
Sound1- Yousef Shahab2- Nezam Kiaiee
Writers/Researchers1- Najaf Daryabandari2- Ahmad-Reza Ahmadi3- Eric Phlippou (France)4- Annes DeVictor (France)5- Mohammad Ali Afghani