Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Massoud Bakhski

from Tehran Has No More Pomegranates
still from Massoud Bakhski's Tehran Has No More Pomegranates
still image from Tehran Has No More Pomegranates

Tehran Has No More Pomegranates (2008) is an ironic "city symphony" and an ode to the best and worst of urban modernization. Fortifying his account of the history of Tehran, filmmaker Massoud Bakhski uses evocative archival footage and countless old photographs of people and places. The contemporary city, in contrast, is vividly filmed in color. Bakhski's narration, satirical at times, comments on the filmmaking process. And the film crew does make several appearances (top, in shadows). Residents of the city are often shown standing, gazing into the camera, some with time-lapse photography (bottom). Views of busy freeways, shot from above, are a lot like those in Koyaanisqatsi.
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