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Thursday 24 December 2020 - 17:18

American film critic denies existence of pure documentary

Renowned American film critic Jonathan Rosenbaum said at an online Tehran-based workshop that there is no pure documentary.
American film critic denies existence of pure documentary
Sometimes attention to subjects gets priority, sometimes the style, and sometimes both, Rosenbaum said at the film criticism workshop held virtually at the 14th Iran International Documentary Film Festival “Cinema Verite" underway in Tehran.
Rosenbaum, who is also an author, talked of his beliefs and said criticism is necessary for all films.
Criticism should facilitate public talks on films, he said stressing that when criticism is useful, it will increase possibility of talks.
He further said he does not like to set rules for criticism.
He also said he is interested in imaginary in documentary.
At his remarks, he referred to "The House is Black", a short documentary by Iranian poetess Frough Farrokhzad, and said he likes it and other Iranian documentaries, particularly those by famous Iranian film director and screenwriter Abbas Kiarostami who died in Paris, France, four years ago.
Forough (1934-1967) opened up a new chapter in the book of Persian poetesses for courageously displaying emotions and feelings. 
Many foreign documantarians and cinematographers have held master classes and workshops at the international festival in Iran.
Closing ceremony on the 14th Iran International Documentary Film Festival “Cinema Verite" held December 23.
 
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