The Islamic Apocalypse
In 1994 the Iranian film director Mohsen Makhmalbaf placed an advertisement in a Tehran newspaper announcing that he would be holding auditions for the casting of his next film in a local park. Makhmalbaf was visibly shocked to see about 5,000 young Iranians turn up, the significance of which extended beyond the number of hopefuls, for as he himself stated, it was the one-hundredth anniversary of cinema in Iran.1 Iranian cinema has a long pedigree, but the early modern era (1960s-78) was largely dominated by the Filmfarsi genre, which has been described as “inane” and “commercial” and which included popular music and dance, comedies, and tough-guy movies.2 During this period Egyptian and Indian melodramas and song and dance films were screened regularly, and their success encouraged the production of similar indigenous productions, casting singing stars (such as Googoosh, the Iranian “pop diva”) in leading roles.
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