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  1. NCMBianchi's rating of the film The Nights of Zayandeh-Rood

    Although incomplete (censored), it's true what most reviews tell about it: it still gives a strong idea of what Makhmalbaf wanted to tell with his movie. It's even more fascinating how the censorship cut the sound from a scene, leaving just the video and resulting in an even stronger image of powerlessness against the state and human nature.

  2. Hodek Van Mealstrom's rating of the film The Nights of Zayandeh-Rood

    Una verdadera lastima que no se haya podido terminar. El cine Irani se contempla a si mismo como ningún otro.

  3. themissroya's rating of the film The Nights of Zayandeh-Rood

  4. Katya Kazbek's rating of the film The Nights of Zayandeh-Rood

    There was something unsettling and rigid in the characters' monologues and the actors' delivery, which I don't think stems from censorship. Perhaps the agenda overtaking storytelling? That said, it was still a remarkable story that resonates despite the butchering. Does not make for happy watching: a trigger for politically-induced anxieties of a thinking and feeling human.

  5. Erik F.'s rating of the film The Nights of Zayandeh-Rood

    Such a shame about the censorship and truncation. What remains is still worth seeing, of course.

  6. generallaurodelvillar's rating of the film The Nights of Zayandeh-Rood

  7. Bryan's rating of the film The Nights of Zayandeh-Rood

    what an artful film! i truly wish it wasn't so censored.

  8. Nathanael Draper's rating of the film The Nights of Zayandeh-Rood

    The missing thirty minutes removed by censors leaves some jumps in the story, but Makhmalbaf's views on violence in the revolution are still present. It's truly amazing to see how a filmmaker's stamp on their work can be seen even with large chunks missing.

  9. Nikhil's rating of the film The Nights of Zayandeh-Rood

    Brilliantly crafted, despite the heavy censoring. Has the intensity of a stage play.

  10. lou.'s rating of the film The Nights of Zayandeh-Rood

    What a marvelous movie! How I wish I could see the lost part!

  11. dorusan's rating of the film The Nights of Zayandeh-Rood

    Human tragedy and hope. A lot of wisdom is packed inside. 'Look at people as a dynamic and ever changing entity. However, this change is so slow that it's impossible to detect over a short time. The character of a nation is similar to that of a person. Sometimes it's kind & in love, sometimes insane and mad, sometimes hopeful & calm, sometimes in despair. And unfortunately sometimes it commits suicide.'

  12. dodecaphonic's rating of the film The Nights of Zayandeh-Rood

    the film looks and sounds amazing great perspectives, just a shame the film has been picked through and heavily edited this is my only foible.

  13. mis marg's rating of the film The Nights of Zayandeh-Rood

    3.5 deeply sad, an emergency room full of people so desperate they have attempted on their life. And women in the boot of life, waiting for the puncture to alert a man to the fact he can choose a new somebody for himself. Deep breath!

  14. tintinmugshot's rating of the film The Nights of Zayandeh-Rood

    Maybe one day we'll see the complete director's cut. Until then, we keep this masterpiece.

  15. Reynaldo Goulart's rating of the film The Nights of Zayandeh-Rood

  16. dionysus67's rating of the film The Nights of Zayandeh-Rood

    Moving and politically charged, this melancholic sojourn of the Iranian Revolution suffers from huge censorship gaps but is nonetheless a formally elegant and intellectually stimulating endeavor. The gentle use of wide-angle lens recalls some great Italian films and the color photography, the frames and the music make for a rewarding experience. Astute also on its subversive anthropological perspective.

  17. Kevin Matthews's rating of the film The Nights of Zayandeh-Rood

    A film that was destroyed, and remains adversely affected by censorship, The Nights Of Zayandeh-rood is still worth the relatively little time it takes to watch. Some interesting ideas make up for the varied levels of acting.

  18. I.Camera's rating of the film The Nights of Zayandeh-Rood

    A moving fragment of what might have been a masterpiece, a tragic work savaged by the Iranian censors. Unfortunately, we may never know how Makhmalbaf's elliptical work was to be realised.

  19. Graf von Zahl's rating of the film The Nights of Zayandeh-Rood

    Sad to see a movie crippled so much by the censorship. Still, even the part that survived is well worth watching.

  20. Krish sanghvi's rating of the film The Nights of Zayandeh-Rood

    Love in the time of revolution.

  21. captainfez's rating of the film The Nights of Zayandeh-Rood

    Censorship: the silent play.

  22. Vi Pin's rating of the film The Nights of Zayandeh-Rood

    Masterpiece of one of the masters of cinema, brilliant performances, Iran truly is the birthplace of minimalistic cinema, this movie is a perfect example of the power of story telling...extremely powerful dialogues, every frame every expression shows to depict the empathy and connection the director has with his own society and culture...a film maker using the power of cinema to its highest potential, with no budget.

  23. Loz Loory's rating of the film The Nights of Zayandeh-Rood

    The dialogue in the restaurant scene is amazingly written. The focus on suicides at the hospital is spot on. Love the daughter's response to the father's overdose. So glad that 63 minutes have survived.

  24. Superfrog's rating of the film The Nights of Zayandeh-Rood

    Political film on the provocative side of things. The political restauration makes it sound a bit desperate to tell and, together with the cuts make for a semi problematic to keep track of thw thread piece.

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