Category: Iranian Cinema

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A former wrestling champion, Fardin was the biggest star in Iran’s cinema during the 1960s and early 1970s. He acted and sometimes directed films in the luti genre, playing the proletarian rogue with the heart of gold, who rejects Westernization and materialism yet does not challenge the status quo (Champion of Champions [Siamak Yasami, 1965]; […]

Niki Karimi

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On June 26, 2010

Karimi is an award-winning Iranian ac­tress, film director, and translator. Dariush Mehrjui’s Sara, based on Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s House, gave Karimi her first nationally and inte

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Born in Tehran, Mehrjui developed an early interest in music, learning the piano and santur. He came to study cinema at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), but abandoned it for a philosophy degree, reputedly disappointed by the UCLA film school’s Hollywood emphasis. After graduating in 1964, he started a literary magazine, which he […]
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