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Thursday Movie Classics: Close-Up


Our last screening for Thursday Movie Classics (maybe there'll be more?) is December 7th at 6:30PM. We will be showing the Iranian film Close-Up in the auditorium of the Main branch and as always we welcome you to participate in our discussion after the film.

With a unique structure, Close-Up tells the real-life story of a man who entered the lives and home of a family in Tehran by passing himself off as a known film director and his subsequent troubles with the law because of his impersonation. The intriguing part about this film is that many of the events that transpired are recreated by the people who were actually involved in the whole ordeal, reenacted as if they were being filmed candidly.

Close-Up is directed by acclaimed Iranian filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami, who also wrote the screenplay. Kiarostami was able to film parts of the real trial and went back to film the scenes that had previously transpired leading up to the trial.


Note: This film is intended for an older audience.


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