[Marxism] Fwd: Homage to Abbas Kiarostami, part one | Louis Proyect: The Unrepentant Marxist

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Tue Aug 9 14:12:48 MDT 2016

	Jean-Luc Godard has said: “Film begins with DW Griffith and ends with 
Abbas Kiarostami.” According to Martin Scorsese, “Kiarostami represents 
the highest level of artistry in the cinema.” When these words are 
quoted at Kiarostami, he winces most charmingly. “This admiration is 
perhaps more appropriate after I am dead,” he says.

That’s from the April 16, 2005 Guardian. Since Kiarostami died on the 
fourth of July this year, it seems appropriate to now state one’s 
admiration—not that I would put myself in the same league as Jean-Luc 
Godard or Martin Scorsese.

For reasons I can’t quite pin down, my discovery of Kiarostami came 
fairly late in life. I have been a cinephile since 1961 and began 
writing film reviews as a member of New York Film Critics Online about 
20 years ago but saw my first film by the Iranian director and 
screenwriter only two years ago when I reviewed “The Wind Will Carry Us” 
for CounterPunch. Jeff St. Clair titled the review “Is Abbas Kiarostami 
the World’s Most Talented Film-maker?” and the answer to that rhetorical 
question was answered positively in my article.


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