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Gheisar (1969)

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A young man's drive to avenge for his sister and brother.



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Credited cast:
Pouri Baneai ...
Nasser Malekmotei ...
Jamshid Mashayekhi ...
Gheisar's uncle
Mir Mohammad Tajaddod ...
Azam's brother
Bahman Mofid
Iran Daftari ...
Gheisar's mother
Jalal Pishvaian ...
Mansoor Ab-mangol
Shahrzad ...
Soheila Ferdos
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Gholam-Reza Sarkoob ...
Rahim Ab-mangol
Hassan Shahin ...
Karim Ab-mangol


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Behrouz Vossoughi avenges his sister's rape and murder of his brother
17 May 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Gheisar" (1969) is a highly dramatic tragedy and a Persian film noir. The story begins in Behrouz Vossoughi's home town. He's away working in Abadan. We meet his elderly mother (Iran Daftari) and her brother (Jamshid Mashayekhi) as they face a terrible event, the suicide of Vossoughi's sister. The cause was rape and shame, and when Vossoughi's brother (Nasser Malekmotei) learns of it, he rushes to preserve the family honor and courage by strangling the perpetrator. In the struggle, the rapist is aided by his two brothers (I believe) who knife and kill Malekmotei. Vossoughi comes home and learns of this multiple tragedy. Warned off by his uncle, he still feels he must avenge these deaths. He is no coward. Throughout all of this and later, there is appeal to God (Allah in this case) and attempts to live with the tragedy and reconcile with it in religious-philosophical ways. But Vossoughi's drive for vengeance is deep-rooted and much of the story is taken up with depicting how he finds and murders the men he is after. During the course of his quest, his mother dies of a heart attack, stiffening his resolve even more. This is not all. He is engaged to his true love, Pouri Baneai, and he must give her up. He feels that his fate has been sealed and he must do what he has to do.

The story is told passionately without holding back on the crying and bowed heads at the deaths. That part has the feel of melodrama. As the story moves into revenge, it becomes more of a noir in look and feel. Location photography is excellent using the people, the streets and bazaar. There are memorable sequences in a bathhouse, an abattoir, and a rundown railroad yard. Another interesting sequence occurs in a club or cafe. We see a complete song and erotic dance performed by Shahrzad, after which she goes home with Vossoughi. She was a famous dancer who had many movie roles, and these are food for social thought about the role of womanhood in Iran of that time.

Reading some criticism, we find that this movie was one of several on the cusp of an Iranian New Wave. It emulates an American movie in some ways, but it also speaks for distinctive Persian ways in others. The knife is the weapon used throughout this movie, even glorified, and that goes back to a Persian tradition. The costume of Pouri Baneai also was unusual, an "elegant chador". This traditional garb had at one time been banned by the westernizing Reza Shah. The emphasis on courage, not cowardice, is another distinctive Persian tradition.

This is a movie that works at several levels, tragedy, manly courage, moral conflict and revenge story. Rape is regarded as cowardly. Vossoughi's mother, uncle and fiancée are all trying to hold him back to no avail. He has tried to be a moral man but he complains that others took advantage.

Kamran Talattof (an academic) has written a recent book that focuses mainly on Shahrzad. "Modernity, Sexuality and Ideology in Iran: The Life and Legacy of Popular Iranian Female Artists". Shahrzad was not only in theater, but in 16 movies, a dancer, and wrote poetry and stories.

I would never have discovered this but for following up on what clearly was a significant person in this movie, even though her role was limited.

The author found her it seems practically living on the streets, homeless.

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