Film / Reviews

On Bodies: ‘The House Is Black’ and the Politics of Corporeal Representation(s)

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In his essay “The Queen of Sheba,”1 Iranian critic Hesam Amiri recounts the reactions that The House Is Black (1963) received from reviewers upon its release. The common thread among all of the predominantly negative reviews was that the film was deemed “too feminine” or (contradicting the prior claim) that it was not actually directed by Forough Farrokhzad, but by her partner, the prominent filmmaker and writer Ebrahim Golestan…

Best of the Decade / Film

Best of the Decade: Film

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We asked our contributing writers (as well as a couple of future contributors) to offer up lists of films from the last decade which impacted them in a significant way. While we are presenting these as our ‘best of’ lists, the idea was primarily to show several lists covering a variety of moving image works from the multiplex to the avant-garde, some well-loved, others perhaps under-seen.