One More from Majid Madjidi

Majid Majidi, the director who has made a series of internationally released masterpieces (Baran, The Color of Paradise and Children of Heaven) has now released one more: The Song of Sparrows.

My daughter and I got to watch this movie in a Tehran cinema in January (2009), and I'm delighted to see that the movie has made it to the U.S. so quickly after its screening in Iran.

Its US screening started in Manhattan yesterday (April 3, 2009, coincidentally with Persian New Year's sizdah-bedar tradition).

You can read the reviews in The New York Times and in The Wall Street Journal. The latter review includes an interview with Majidi and some deeper analysis of his works. 

There's something strangely attractive about Majidi's work—his handling of simple and universal human emotions, the likes of which one rarely sees in movies made by major houses. If you watch The Song of Sparrows and have some liking for it, you should also explore his other works, each of which study a different dimension of the human emotional core in a completely different setting.

Here, I'm searching for a proper description but I cannot find it. A story can hardly be summarized. It can, in fact, only be told, and each of Majidi's stories are wildly different which help make his works completely fresh and always unexpected. It is also amazing that in many of them Reza Naji has a leading role, and he remains equally perfect for all of these roles. Is it his acting skill? Is it the core, simple character that he has built which keeps seeping through the various stories? In one of Majidi's movies, Baran, Naji plays a minor role but as Majidi's viewer you will keep wondering whether you're dealing with the same man in all these movies where Naji appears. In a sense, Naji has tied the movies together through his acting and simple character play.   

In closing, note that Hossein Alizadeh, one of the living masters of classical Persian music, has composed the music for Sparrows. (I purchased the CD in Tehran's Home for the Arts in January but I've not had a chance to listen to it in full yet to see whether it includes any tracks beyond what we hear in the movie. I would not be surprised if it does.)

Comments:

Nice to hear you are in Iran. Welcome to homeland :)

Posted by Amin Abbaspour on April 04, 2009 at 05:19 PM PDT #

Thanks. I visited my family in January. I've been back here in California since mid January.

Posted by Masood Mortazavi on April 04, 2009 at 05:34 PM PDT #

very nice , welcome to iran !
Majid Majidi is great director .
بچه‌های آسمان (۱۳۷۵)
رنگ خدا (۱۳۷۷)
باران (۱۳۷۹)
پابرهنه در هرات (مستند)، ۱۳۸۰)
المپیک در اردوگاه (مستند کوتاه)، ۱۳۸۱)
بید مجنون (۱۳۸۳)
آواز گنجشک‌ها (۱۳۸۶)

Posted by Y.SH on April 04, 2009 at 10:56 PM PDT #

[Hello Masood...a quick note, your blog loads very slowly...]

Nice to know of this new movie by Majidi...and the music by Alizadeh. We have something exciting coming up in the Boston area (at Harvard):

Art of Improvisation
Persian Classical Music

Persian classical music: Bahman Panahi (tar and setar virtuoso) and Ali Mojallal (tombak)

Monday
April 20, 2009

7:00 PM
John Knowles Paine Concert Hall

Posted by Umang Kumar on April 14, 2009 at 12:16 AM PDT #

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