ABBAS KIAROSTAMI the shock of the real

Butler, Rex (2012) ABBAS KIAROSTAMI the shock of the real. Angelaki-Journal of the Theoretical Humanities, 17 4: 61-76. doi:10.1080/0969725X.2012.747330

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Author Butler, Rex
Title ABBAS KIAROSTAMI the shock of the real
Journal name Angelaki-Journal of the Theoretical Humanities   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0969-725X
Publication date 2012-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/0969725X.2012.747330
Open Access Status
Volume 17
Issue 4
Start page 61
End page 76
Total pages 16
Place of publication Routledge
Publisher Oxon, United Kingdom
Collection year 2013
Language eng
Formatted abstract
This essay begins by offering a reading of Iranian filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami's Certified Copy (2010), in which we are unable to decide whether or not the couple we see there is married. But rather than coming down ourselves on one side or another, we ask why it is that their love for each other might be expressed only through their game-playing. And we follow this confusion between the real and the artificial throughout Kiarostami's career – from the “lie” that structures social reality in Where is the Friend's House? (1987) through the character Sabzian's “confession” in Close-Up (1990) and beyond. We argue that it is in its putting together of the real and the fictional that Kiarostami's cinema at once continues and marks a break with Italian Neo-Realism and with usual conceptions of the “spiritual.” In Kiarostami's cinema, the spiritual is not to be opposed to the real or the represented, but is only to be seen through them. That other world is here, just as the afterlife is now.
Keyword Spiritual in film
Iranian cinema
Abbas Kiarostami
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Special Issue: Belief in Cinema

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