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Contents FOREWORD by Ali Mohammadi 9 INTRODUCTION 15 Mohsen Makhmalbaf: The Anxious Eye of the Revolution: 15 / Cinema in the Islamic Republic: 18 / Cinema Reborn: 19 / Cinema, Culture and Conflict: 20 / The Basis of a New Wave?: 22 / Structure of the Book: 23 1. FROM THE NEW WAY TO THE NEW WAVE 25 Cinema in Iran, 1900-1979: 26 / The New Way: 29 / The Legacy and Influence of the New Wave: 32 / Case Study: Gav (The Cow): 34 / The Commercial Film Industry: 38 / Iranian Cinema on the Eve of the Revolution: 41 2. THE IRANIAN REVOLUTION & A NEW SOCIETY 45 The Iranian Revolution as Cultural Praxis: 46 / New Paradigms of Ideological Discourse: 48 / The Revolutionary Use of Shia Symbolism: 50 / The Karbala Paradigm: 52 / The Hope of a New Order : 57 / Iran's Internal Revolution: Clerical Rule and Official Religious Discourse: 58 / Media in the Revolutionary Aftermath: 60 / The New Political and Cultural Arena: 64 3. A NEW CINEMA EMERGES 67 Toward an Islamic Cinema: 68 / The Concept of Islamic Art: 70 / Persia and Islam, the Golden Age: 72 / Islam, Representation and the Cinematic Image: 75 / The First Step Toward a New Cinema: 77 / The "Islamic Man": 80 / An Islamic Quartet: Nasuh's Repentance, Two Sightless Eyes, Fleeing from Evil to God and Boycott: 81 / Cinema in the Name of God the Compassionate, the Merciful-the Path to God: 82 / Boycott: 85 / Islamicization and the Attack on the Left: 85 / The Ideological Use of the Media: 88 4. THE STATE OF THE NATION 91 Nation versus Islam: 92 / The Changing Class Orientation of the Islamic State: 94 / The Media: Control and Interpellation: 96 / Cinema at War: 98 / Makhmalbaf's Mostazafin Trilogy: 100 / The Evolution of an Artist: 101 / The Peddler: 102 / The Changing Face of God: 104 / The Cyclist: 106 / Marriage of the Blessed: 109 / The Interrogation of the Image: 110 / The Insider as Outsider: 113 / The Politics of Criticizing the System: 114 5. THE POETICS OF CONTEMPLATION 117 Khomeini's Legacy: 117 / The Second Republic: 118 / Cinema in the Era of Reconstruction: 119 / Makhmalbaf's Third Period: 121 / The 1989 Constitution and the New Power Structure: 121 / Cultural Glasnost?: 123 / Economic Reconstruction, Ideological Reorientation: 124 / Culture and Ideology Refocused: 125 / The Media and the Export of the Revolution: 126 / Iranian Cinema on the World Stage: 126 / Censorship and the International Market: 128 / Controlling the Voices of Dissent: 130 / Time of Love and Nights of the Zayandeh-Rud: 131 / Moral Perspectives: 132 / Poetic Symbolism: 132 / A Third Way: 135 / Nights of the Zayandeh-Rud: 135 / The Personal and the Political: 136 / The Disillusioned Generation: 138 / Once Upon a Time, Cinema, The Actor and Salaam Cinema: 140 / Dictates of the State: 141 / The Influence of Pre-Revolutionary Cinema : 143 / The Actor: 145 / The Essence of the Artist : 146 / Salaam Cinema: 148 / The Social Power of Cinema: 149 / The Distance Between Hope and Hopelessness: 150 / A Moment of Innocence: 152 / Idealism, Realism, Cinema and Reality: 152 / Gabbeh: 155 / The Artistic Template of the Persian Carpet: 157 / The Search for God: 157 / Life is Color: 158 / The Notion of the Beloved: 159 6. THE AESTHETICS OF REFORM 163 Cinema in an Era of Reform: 164 / Realigning the Politics of Change: 165 / The Elements of a Civil Society: 167 / The Politics of Change?: 168 / The Question of Velayat-e Faqih: 169 / The Intellectual and Cultural Debate: 171 / The New Intelligentsia: 172 / The Religious and Historical Basis of Debate: 172 / Cinema and the Cultural Debate: 173 / One Step Forward, Two Steps Back: 175 / The State of the Industry: 176 / The Silence : 176 / Art and Life: A Changing Relationship: 178 / The Khayyamic Vision: 179 / The Search for the Self in a Poetics of the Personal: 181 / The Nature of God: 182 / Kandahar: 184 / Limbs of the Same Body: 185 / The Voice of Despair: 186 / The Importance of the Local: 187 CONCLUSION 189 FILMOGRAPHY 195 NOTES 202 BIBLIOGRAPHY 213
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Makhmalbåaf, Muòhsin -- Criticism and interpretation.