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10 Ratings

The Blind Owl

Boof-e koor

Directed by Kiumars Derambakhsh
Iran, 1975


Film based on the famous Iranian novella by Sadegh Hedayat, considered one of the great works of modern Persian prose. A man who is perhaps losing his mind spits his murderous fantasies and confessions at a shadow on the wall of his room that has the shape of an owl.

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The Blind Owl Directed by Kiumars Derambakhsh

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  • Brotherdeacon's rating of the film The Blind Owl

    Agreed, the book is a horror phantasm of E.A. Poe-ish lineage, one might even feel the cold pall of Baudelaire. It is the Symbolist world of an Iranian exile living in a European City, constantly estranged, rotting, yet never able to leave his original Persian culture, it's history, philosophy, deadened by political strife and otherworldly despair. Find the book, the film is a hollow husk of its actual potency.

  • Wee Hunk's rating of the film The Blind Owl

    I watched this after watching Ruiz's version to get a better handle on the story. While there are many similarities, this version is much more straightforward than Ruiz's. That doesn't necessarily mean that it all makes sense. Both presuppose a familiarity with the text, which I think is a bit of a weakness. Add in the fact that the book caused suicides, this is a very tricky proposition.

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