Fifi howls from happiness

Fifi howls from happiness

DVD - 2014 | Persian
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Mitra Farahani's lyrical documentary explores the enigma of provocative artist Bahman Mohassess, the so-called "Persian Picasso," whose acclaimed paintings and sculptures dominated pre-revolutionary Iran. Irreverent and uncompromising, a gay man in a hostile world, Mohassess had a conflicted relationship with his homeland -revered by elites in the art scene and praised as a national icon, only to be censored later by an oppressive regime.
Publisher: [Place of publication not identified] : [Publisher not identified], [2014]
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 9786315763519
6315763510
Branch Call Number: 759.955 MOHASSES
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (102 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
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Alternative Title: Eye that hears.

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AL_MARINA Nov 16, 2016

These movie was a gem, with depth and soul that caught me off guard more than once, cloaked in the sometimes outrageous and colorful language of the enigmatic subject at the center of the film. The director masterfully captured the vulnerability of the artist reflecting back on his life. What resonated with me the most was his authenticity, from his casual recall of favorite poetry to sharing sentimental movies with his visitors.

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ClarkHarveyRoth
Jul 26, 2016

This was a strong & stirring work, slow to build & then suddenly unforgettable. The director was clever enough to incorporate the process of documenting a cantankerous, opinionated artist into her documentary, so that his recorded suggestions & imperatives often narrate elements of the film. His completely unsentimental attitudes on the art industry, posterity, mortality, sexual identity...never not interesting. His insights into pre- & post-revolutionary Iran...archival gold. His practice of metabolizing through art a disturbing news story from halfway around the world...inspiring & thought-provoking to the maxxx. Beyond that the film has the ring of documentary perfection to it, that is, perfect access to the subject, operating within analogies drawn perfectly by the director, with a style throughout that's perfectly understated & real to life. Loved it. CR

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