The work and obsessions of director Nanni Moretti when the Iranian movie "Close Up" is scheduled to open in the movie theater he owns in Rome. Attention to details and above all a great love for cinema at its best.
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A micro-manager as movie theater owner. Nanni starts his day getting last night's gross ticket sales, city by city, for "The Lion King." Then he's on the phone to a newspaper advertising office. That evening, the Iranian film "Nema-ye Nazdik" ("Close-Up") opens at his theater. He heads for the theater where he coaches staff on minute details, including telling the projectionist to raise the image just a bit - not enough, he says, to even notice. He role-plays with his ticket seller. That night, after going to bed, he rouses himself to call for that night's ticket sales for his and other theaters. No rest for the restless. Written by
Not the type of film I'd like to see often, but well made and mildly interesting
This film was part of a DVD set of short European films, though this is the only one among them that is actually a documentary. The film follows a man who is responsible for a chain of theaters. His meticulous attention to all the details is astounding--from the way the theater workers talk to the customers to receiving phone calls in the middle of the night to learn about the latest box office receipts. Much of it is rather ordinary, but all together it paints a picture of a supremely dedicated man who takes his job as seriously as anyone you'll ever meet. Fascinating but also a style film I wouldn't want to see all that often.
By the way, set I mentioned is CINEMA 16: European Shorts. On these DVDs are 16 shorts. Most aren't great, though because it contains THE MAN WITHOUT A HEAD, COPY SHOP, RABBIT and WASP, it's an amazing DVD for lovers of short films and well worth buying.
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