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Once Upon a Time, Cinema (1992)

Nassereddin Shah, Actor-e Cinema (original title)
An abstract retelling of the history of Film in Iran.

Director:

Mohsen Makhmalbaf
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3 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Ezzatolah Entezami ... Nassereddin Shah / Mozzaffaeddin Shah / Mash Hasan
Mehdi Hashemi ... Akkas bashi
Mohamad Ali Keshavarz ... Farrash bashi
Akbar Abdi ... Malijak
Dariush Arjmand ... Amir Kabir
Fatemah Motamed-Aria ... Golnaar
Mahaya Petrossian Mahaya Petrossian ... Sogoli
Parvaneh Massoumi ... Atieh
Jahangir Forouhar
Morteza Ahmadi
Saeed Amir Soleymani
Moharram Zaynalzadeh Moharram Zaynalzadeh ... Nasim, the cyclist
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Shapoor Bakhshayi Shapoor Bakhshayi
Edris Chamani Edris Chamani ... the Mongol
Parviz Ghiasi Parviz Ghiasi
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Storyline

Mirza Ebrahim Khan, travels past in time to introduce cinematography to the previous king who can afford to pay for the new industry. But Nasser-e-din Shah takes an interest in the actress starring "Dokhtare Lor" movie and becomes an actor. Written by Kourosh Ghaniyoun

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Genres:

Comedy | Drama | History

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Official Sites:

sourehcinema

Country:

Iran

Language:

Persian | English

Release Date:

1 February 1992 (Iran) See more »

Also Known As:

Once Upon a Time, Cinema See more »

Filming Locations:

Tehran, Iran

Company Credits

Production Co:

Jozan Film See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Featured in Stardust Stricken - Mohsen Makhmalbaf: A Portrait (1996) See more »

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Simply brilliant
25 March 2002 | by JohnSealSee all my reviews

This meditation on cinema and censorship is astounding. Contemporary black and white footage is interspersed with clips from older films, though sometimes the transition is so seamless one can't tell when one ends and the other begins. Crude special effects are used to create a surreal atmosphere that owes a tremendous debt to Luis Bunuel, particularly Exterminating Angel and Un Chien Andalou. There's also a Kubrick tribute towards the end of the film. No amount of exposition will prepare you for this film, which truly has to be seen to be believed. Highest rating and recommendation.


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