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Brick and Mirror

Khesht va Ayeneh

Iran, 1965

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Moody realism conveys a stark poetry in this tale of a cab driver stuck with an abandoned baby in his back seat.

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Brick and Mirror Regie Ebrahim Golestan
The new print recalls the rough, often dark look of black-and-white widescreen films of the 1960s, especially those of the French New Wave. Golestan’s story of fruitless wandering and unresolved relationships has been compared by some critics to the films of Antonioni, and it seems clear that Antonioni’s work and other European films of the 1950s and 1960s influenced him.
September 10, 2018
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It is the work of a director not yet completely in mastery of his material. The orphanage sequence, crucial to the social themes of the film, is not really integrated into the drama or psychology of the film. Golestan also seems unable to judge when a point or idea has been conveyed, so dialogue repeats what is already clear, or scenes continue longer than needed. The film is just over two hours long – it perhaps could have lost around 20 minutes and been a tighter, greater film.
September 14, 2016
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Golestan produced and directed a bunch of documentaries and feature films… But it’s with his 1964 feature that the director wrote an important chapter in the history of Iranian cinema by authoring its first modern masterpiece, Khesht o Ayeneh (Brick and Mirror). Golestan’s first fiction film is a protean creature in whose meanders unscripted reality mixes with a metaphysical narrative and the lights of modernity are eclipsed by the shadows of ethical quandaries.
August 16, 2016
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