Publications/Recent Activities

The Art of Movie Posters (2014)

The Westerns (2014)
Celluloid Architecture (2009)
Didgah [British Cinema in Iran: a brief history] (2015, as contributor)
2017 (as contributor)

Ehsan Khoshbakht.
Film historian, critic, curator. Academic background in architecture, urban design, and film studies. Jazz/film blogger.

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"Milton produced Paradise Lost for the same reason that a silk worm produces silk. It was an activity of his nature." -- Karl Marx  

I was born in Bojnord in northeast Iran, but I'm currently based in London.

My academic background is in architecture and urban design (MA from Azad University of Mashhad, Iran), and Film Studies (MA from Metropolitan University of London). I am

Experimental cinema and jazz, a programme I curated in London with Shura Greenberg and his quintet (or sextet)

Accustomed to living an eclectic life, I have designed quite a few architectural projects, I have written so much that I hardly remember all the subjects I've covered throughout the years. These writing have appeared on Iranian journals, Iranian or international online publications, my blogs and occasionally books.

I write on jazz at Take the "A" Train and used to host a weekly internet-based radio show called Jazz for Iran. I also make documentary films, teach history and aesthetics of cinema and supervise publishing film books for a Kasra Publishers in Mashhad, Iran.

design of a cinematheque for Mashhad, 2007

The following calendar (regularly updated) is the list my of published works, participated events, lectures, etc. Subject to availability, links to respective websites is provided.

I've been profiled on Wall Street Journal (by the legendary writer and civil right activist Nat Hentoff) here. As well as CBC, and Aslan Media.

An extract from Caligari To Libeskind, the documentary I made in 2009.

On this website, you can find all the 25 episodes of jazz radio show I hosted and produced, known as Radio Hawkins: Jazz For Iran.


Poster for A Journey Through Iranian Cinema with Mark Cousins (UK title: On the Road  with Mark Cousins), a short documentary I made last year, available for rental in North America here.

The poster for our exhibition in Ankara, Turkey
2017

June

Tehran Noir at Il Cinema Ritrovato (June 24 -July 2)

April

The fourth and last screening of an in-progress version of Filmfarsi, this time at the Ankara International Film Festival.

There are two essays by me published on a new book from Intellect, The World Cinema Directory: Iran 2. Edited by Parviz Jahed, one essays concerns Iranian documentaries about Cinephilia and the other is on Mehrnaz Saeed-Vafa's Jerry and Me.

March

The third screening of Filmfarsi (work in progress) at London Essay Film Festival, Birkbeck Cinema.

Our annual comic strip for Sight & Sound, known as Departed, was published in Persian on 24 Monthly:


January

Departed 2017 on Sight & Sound.

2016

November

Nov 2-5: Attending conference Images Under Construction - Iranian Cinema before and after 1979 where I presented “And Then Fear Filled The Forest”: Brick and Mirror, the Poet and the Power, introduced the screening of films by Ebrahim Golestan and Kamran Shirdel and had the second preview screening of Filmfarsi at Stadkino.


At Stadtkino, Basel, after the screening of Filmfarsi


October

29th: Cambridge - Abbas Kiarostami: The Art of Seeing (cancelled)
15th: Norwich - Abbas Kiarostami: The Art of Seeing

September

El Caiman: Tratados filosóficos de un maestro ilusionista.

July


14 July: A Tribute to Abbas Kiarostami. Along with Geoff Andrew and Mania Akbari, I'll be introducing Close-Up by Kiarostami at the Close-Up cinema in London. More here.

24 Monthly has published my piece on Ernst Lubitsch's Shop Around the Corner.

June

The second two weeks:

Bologna, Il Cinema Ritrovato. I've curated a retrospective of Golestan Film Studio. Mr. Golestan will attend the program in person. I'll interview him on stage with my friend Mehrnaz Saeed-Vafa on June 28th.

I'll be introducing new documentary "Nicolas Roeg: It's About Time" and talking to its director David Thompson at Il Cinema Ritrovato, Sala Auditorium - Laboratori delle Arti UniBo, June 27, 18:30.

The first two weeks:

I'll participating in Danish Film Institute's season of Iranian cinema, IRAN 1960-90, with film introductions (presenting Downpour and The Traveler, both June 12), a talk on Iranian new wave cinema and finally a sneak preview of a my new documentary film, Filmfarsi, about the popular cinema in pre-revolutionary Iran (June 10). All the events will be held at the cinematheque.


April

30th: Cambridge - Teaching a crash course on Iranian Contemporary Cinema. More here.

25th-27th: Presenting films and interviewing Mania Akbari on stage, after the screening of her films at Cambridge Art Picturehouse. [Films + + +]

25th: Participating in the Wired talk series at the Anglia Ruskin University ARU with Mania Akbari

23th: My essay on Jacques Rivette has been published in 24 Monthly (left pic).

15th: I'll be delivering a talk at the University of Basque Country, Bilbao, on Film Culture, Programming, and Cultural Translation.

March

Published articles:
- Review of Istanbul Silent Cinema Days + Les Vampires for 24 Monthly.
- Review of Gianfranco Rosi's Fuocoammare for Honar va Cinema.
- Review of the Berlinale for Film Monthly.

February

A Simple Event: Tales from Iranian New Wave Cinema
Cinematheque of Helsinki, February 2-20

This is an expanded version of my Simple Event program for Il Cinema Ritrovato in June-July 2015.
For the line-up of the films to be screened and my introductory essay visit the official website, here.

2015


December



I have contributed two chapters (on film noir and western directors) to the new book, Rahnamay-e Genre (A Guide to 10 Movie Genres), edited by Yahya Natanzi, and published by Cheshmeh Press in Iran.

3-4th - Introducing Louis Feuillade's Les Vampires at the Istanbul International Silent Film Festival.

Nov 26-Dec 2 -  Cine Comic Strip Meets Jazz, an exhibition by Naiel Ibarrola and I, at the Aliye Berger Exhibition Hall in Ankara.



November

30th - Again, Jonathan Rosenbaum and I will be the guests of Bilkent University in Ankara for a discussion about cinephilia, hosted by Ahmet Gürata.
29th - Jonathan Rosenbaum and I will be introducing films from our Jazz Goes to the Movies show at the Festival on Wheels in Ankara, a day-long event which is free admission. More info here.

Read/watch some of the media coverage from the Ankara event here and here. (All these news pieces have two things in common: a) they have mentioned the jazz show, b) they've misspelled my name. Here, here, here, and here.)



14th - Teaching a crash course on Iranian cinema in Cambridge: Iranian Cinema: Innovation, Revolution, Cinephilia.





The cinematheque of the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art is holding a retrospective of western genre, based on my book The Westerns. I've personally selected the films which includes masterpieces by Andre de Toth, Joseph H. Lewis, Raoul Walsh, Allan Dwan, John Ford, Budd Boetticher, and Delmer Daves.

http://www.donya-e-eqtesad.com/news/955410/
An article on cinema, architecture and urbanism for the Donyaye Eghtesad newspaper which can be downloaded here.









August


Understanding Asghar Farhadi [An interview with Tina Hassannia] on Keyframe



24 Monthly, issue 67 [left pic]

Festival report: Karlovy Vary International Film Festival - The 50th edition







July
With Jonathan Rosenbaum on the stage of Cinema Jolly, Bologna, introducing one of the jazz films we had selected for Il Cinema Ritrovato.
Also in this month:
On Jacques Colombier for Film Monthly.
On Gjon Mili for 24 Monthly.

June

I've curated "A simple event: the birth of Iranian New Wave cinema" for Il Cinema Ritrovato in Bologna. For the same festival, kicking off on June 27, I've co-curated with Jonathan Rosenbaum a side bar, "Jazz Goes to the Movies" .


June 1
Cinema at 33 1/3 RPM on Notebook _ MUBI



May

On May 28, I'll be introducing three Iranian films (Taste of Cherry, Gabbeh, Sunlight, Moonlight, Earth) at Salisbury International Arts Festival.


April

Co-designed the website for Martin Scorsese Presents Masterpieces of Polish Cinema, a UK wide tour of 24 Polish classics. (Click on About for more info)

March

In Cardiff, Wales, with festival director David Gillam (in blue) and Saeed Zeydabadi-Nejad (far right)

I participated in three panels (as well as introduced two films) as part of Iranian Cinema Day at One World Film Festival in Wales which coincided with the Persian New Year, Nowruz. A short radio interview conducted on the same day can be accessed here. Also BBC Persian has covered the event on their website.

Wrong Side of the Road: Notes on Berlinale 2015 in Film Monthly.

February
My review of Whiplash appears on 24 Monthly. [cover above]

January

Digital edition
Paperback edition

British Cinema in Iran: A Brief History in Didgah: New perspectives on UK-Iran Cultural Relations (edited by Nick Wadham-Smith and Danny Whitehead), British Council, 2015

I have contributed a chapter to the British Council published book (digital and paperback) Didgah: New Perspectives on UK-Iranian Cultural Relations. My chapter focuses on the reception of British cinema in Iran. It is a combination of general and personal histories, moving from silent era up to the post-revolutionary film culture.


2014

A LIST OF ESSAYS FROM LATE 2014 AS APPEARED ON FILM MONTHLY AND 24 MONTHLY

White Screen, Thin Cinema [London Film Festival report]
Freight Trains, Aircrafts and a Rose [On William Wellman]
Solos and Jams of an American Director [On Clint Eastwood and Jazz]
Like One of Truffaut's Dreams [Il Cinema Ritrovato report; also published online here]
Cinema, Octavo [Review of The 50 Year Argument (David Tedeschi, Martin Scorsese)]
Days & Nights of Hunchback [Open City Docs + Edinburgh International Film Festival reports; also published online, here, here, here and here]
 November

I've contributed to the second issue of a new documentary film journal from Iran, Ciné Vérité [in Farsi: Cinema Haghighat, image below]. The subject is the documentary poll conducted by Sight & Sound.





My newest book, The Art of Movie Poster has been published by my usual publisher Kasra. See the teaser below.



September
Interview with Mohammad Rasoulof for the October issue of Sight & Sound.


August

Western Cinema, published in August, 2014.
My book on Westerns was published by Rawzanekar. I'm glad to say that this 232-page book was designed by Aziz Sa'ati, the director of photography of films by Mohsen Makhmalbaf and Ebrahim Hatamikia. 





June

Cinemadoosti: Documenting Iran - A celebration of contemporary Iranian documentary exploring daily life in Iran and cinemadoosti (the Persian word for cinephilia) on the public memory and imagination.

I'm partly responsible for this Open City Docs retrospective (17-22 June, 2014), having written the catalogue essay and selected/suggested some of the films in it. 


Life May Be (Mark Cousins and Mania Akbari), a film which I've co-produced with Don Boyd, was premiered at the Edinburgh International Film Festival and later in July was screened at Karlovy Vary International Festival.



May

I was interviewed by Von Jehns Dens for Amnesty.de. The subject: Iranian cinema.

April


I have supervised designing the Cinema of Childhood website at cinemaofchildhood.com. I am also the editor of this online venue which is a touring film season of 17 films about children from all around the world. The season is curated by the filmmaker Mark Cousins, and inspired by his feature documentary A Story of Children and Film. Cinema of Childhood was launched in April 2014 at Filmhouse in Edinburgh, BFI Southbank and other key venues.


Read my short essays on three Mohammad Ali Talebi films on the Cinema of Childhood website. [+]



Book review: my review of Silencing Cinema Film Censorship around the World has appeared on Cine-Eye, no. 7. [pic above] Previously published in a "censored" edition on Iranian 24 Monthly.


Touring in the UK with Mohammad Ali Talebi. Read this and this about the retrospective of his films in the Cinema of Childhood season.

In Watershed, Bristol with Talebi and Gaia Meucci

Interview with Swiss Info: Italian  German  French

Few days later: A distorted, mutilated transcription of Fribourg panel appears on BBC Persian website.


April 3: talked to Kenyan film students over skype. The subject was Iranian cinema in general and Kiarostami's Close-Up in particular. The event was organized by Celluloid Liberation Front.

On April 2, 2014, I'll participate in a panel discussion about Iranian cinema in Fribourg, Switzerland. The occasion is a retrospective of Iranian films at the Fribourg International Film Festival which later, in June, will travel to Edinburgh.

©FIFF


March


The Swiss Tages-Anzeiger has published an interview with me about Iranian cinema as their warming-up for an upcoming retrospective of Iranian films at the Fribourg International Film Festival. (see April)
If you're a German reader, the interview is online here.


February

Recently, a publisher in Iran asked me to write some notes to be put on the back cover of the three newly translation books on Jean-Luc Godard, Gary Cooper and Humprey Bogart. These titles are out now.


Exhibition in Tehran

The following pictures are from me and Naiel Ibarrola's exhibition of cinema, jazz and comic strip melting pot at Tehran's Aun Gallery which we have named Cine Comic Strip. To my surprise, the website of Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs has taken note of our rather odd effort. On the day I'm writing this, only two days is left from the 10 day long event which was received relatively well in Iran.


2013                                           

November

http://www.bfi.org.uk/news-opinion/sight-sound-magazine/comment/how-make-hero-pegah-ahangarani-back-prison


October

31th
SOAS (University of London) will show A Journey Through Iranian Cinema with Mark Cousins and after the screening I'll participate in a Q&A with Mark and Saeed Zeydabadi-Nejad. More info here.

12th
The EasternBreeze Film Festival in Toronto screened A Journey Through Iranian Cinema with Mark Cousins in their documentary competition section. The official website here.

On the same day, and in the same continent, the film was shown at the 30th Middle East Studies Film Festival, held in the city of New Orleans. The brochure can be downloaded here.

New articles in Film Monthly 464: The Cinema of Misfits (from my series on women cinema, this one about Shirley Clarke) + Becket, Pinter and Pandora's Box (comparing cinephilic obsessions to the Krapp's Last Tape!).


August

Started my job as a film programmer for Levant TV, selecting documentary and fiction films from the countries of the Middle East.

 
July

On the death of my friend, Ahmad Jorghanian, for Film Monthly 460 [picture on the left]. I'm working on a film about him.

June 

The month of Edinburgh International Film Festival. My daily reports of the festival for Cinemaema, the most visited film website in Farsi, are here: one, two, three, four, five, six, seven.

Aside from these seven dispatches I have some video interviews from festival on Fandor's Keyframe which you can see here (with Mark Cousins) and here (with David Cairns)



May

During May and June (and in some parts of April) I was the co-editor of Cinemaema.com, the most visited film website in Farsi which enjoys half a million visits per month.

April


March

On the first day of the month my translation of Houshang Golmakani's "50 Essential Iranian Films" published in Keyframe. I also contributed some bits and pieces in the process of assembling the piece which was actually initiated by me. It's a very interesting guide to Iranian cinema and shouldn't be missed. [+]


February

Tajrobeh

February 2013 turned out to be one of the busiest months in recent years, as far as publishing is concerned. The most auspicious event of the month, was Jonathan Rosenbaum's 70th birthday that Keyframe celebrated it by running my recent interview with Jonathan about jazz and film criticism, along with a video portrait by Ignatiy Vishnevetsky and Kevin B. Lee. Meanwhile, on my blog I published more audio/video stuff which can be accessed here.

Later on, the interview was published in Romanian (here) and Farsi (Film Monthly).

My first piece of film criticism, written for Tajrobeh [a journal of art and humanities], was published near the end of February. It was on Mehrnaz Saeed-Vafa's documentary Jerry & ME.

From Film 455: On Sergiu Nicolaescu which is, more or less, what I already said here on my blog. [see image below]

From the same issue, a review of Neil Young Journeys by Jonathan Demme.

The Iranian 24 [frame] Monthly published a translation of my favorite documentaries of 2012 (with exception of Jerry & ME which I'm going to explain later on my blog), plus a note by me on Il deserto rosso. The table of contents of the 36th issue of 24 can be checked here.

Interview with Abbas Kiarostami, translated here for the Keyframe.

January


The article I wrote after the passing of Romanian director, actor and politician Sergiu Nicolaescu became one of the most read posts of my blog in less than four days, and it was enthusiastically received in Romania. The daily newspaper Adevărul wrote about that, and later, the complete article, translated into Romanian appeared on Dilema Veche [picture above].

Best of 2012: You can read my best of the year picks and lists at Keyframe [here and here] and Notebook, the latter being the 5th fantasy double feature poll.

I continued my musing on women cinema for the Film Monthly, this time, on Ida Lupino, for the 453th issue.

2012

November

Freedom and Organization: a report from 56th London Film Festival for Iranian Film Monthly.

October

Film Monthly 449: Notes on women cinema & four articles about Dorothy Arzner.

Miniatures in Motion: Iran in color dreams and visions of Stan Brakhage on NOTEBOOK


September

Film Monthly 448: on Andre Hussein's film music and the Chelsea Girls (A. Warhol)
Film Monthly 447: Reports from Il Cinema Ritrovato Film Festival.


July

"Something's Rotten in the State of Denmark": Motherland, Occupation and Resistance in Jean Grémillon's "Lumière d’été" on MUBI NOTEBOOK

June

Attended Il Cinema Ritrovato festival in Bologna, Italy. Festival reports here.

May 

Dossier on Alain Resnais for the Film Monthly. Jonathan Rosenbaum kindly wrote the introduction.


April

Southbank, London, April 2012. ©Ehsan Khoshbakht

Vincente Minnelli & the matter of design, today on MUBI's Notebook.



March


Wrote the liner notes for the new album of Kevin McMahons Quartet.

February
January
Frankly My Dear

Wrote the introduction to the Farsi edition of Frankly My Dear: Gone With the Wind Revisited by Molly Haskell.


My interview with Geoff Andrew, head of programming at British Film Institute, about his passion for Kiarostami, and his book on Ten, appears here.

2011



Watch my documentary (or more likely a video essay) on relation between architecture and cinema in Germany of 1920s, known as expressionist period. CALIGARI TO LIBESKIND


September

Reverse Darwinism in Cinema for Film Monthly, No. 432

August

Interview with Geoff Andrew + Interview with Laura Groves on music score for silent films in the last issue of "Film International". Also on Hedy Lamarr, and new column about cinephilia in 21th century (published) and Jean-Pierre Léaud (to be published) for "24 magazine".






In Joiners Arms club in Hackney I organized two events of jazz music and abstract/avant-garde cinema.
















June

From Film Monthly 428:

On Christian Marclay's :The Clock, a masterpiece of time.
Garbage Talks: Dylan, Weberman and Garbology




May


In this month, first Film Directors Encyclopedia in Farsi (picture above) was published. As a contributor, I have 72 entries in the book, including:
 Renoir, Tati, Gance, Stroheim, Hitchcock, Gremillion, Ford, Lang, Dwan, Ray, Litvak, Welles, Carne, Rohmer, Penn, Eisenstein, Vidor, Antonioni, Christy Cabanne, Clarence Brown, Pennebaker, Dorothy Arzner, Dziga Vertov, Elia Kazan, Capra, Zinneman, George Stevens, Georges Melies, Gregory La Cava, H. C. Potter, Henri-Georges Clozout, Henry King, Jack Conway, Jacques Becker, Jacques Feyder, James Whale, Strenberg, John English/William Witney, Sturges, Duvivier, Lev Kuleshov, Lewis Milestone, Lewis Seiler, Lloyd Bacon, Luchino Visconti, Man Ray, Marcel Duchamp, Marcel L'Herbier, Marcel Pagnol, Mervyn Le Roy, Maurice Touneur, Norman Foster, Raymond Bernard, Richard Boleslawski, Richard Brooks, Robert Aldrich, Robert Florey, Robert Rossen, Robert Wiene, Sacha Guitry, Sam Wood, Shirley Clark, Sidney Lumet, Tay Garnett, Tod Browning, Victor Fleming, Victor Seastrom, Vincent Sherman, Vitorio De Sica, Vsevald Pudovkin, William Wyler.
Also from Film Monthly, 427:
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and International Women's Day
On Becket's TV Works
Social Networks and Film Criticism

February
Scorsese by Ebert (Farsi translation)

I wrote the introduction and edit the Farsi translation of Scorsese by Ebert book, translated by Sina Golmakani.



January

The Daily Notebook's 3rd Writers' Poll: Fantasy Double Features of 2010


From 421th Film Monthly:
Exiles on Main St.: on Recent Rockumentaries
From Fellini to Fosse: Musical reinterpretations of European art film.

2010

Metropolitan Urban Design Workshop: Me (right) with Madadi, my boss at the time (middle), and Andrew Olszewski. Autumn 2010


December


From Film Monthly, 420 Issue:
- On Orson Welles's TV Works
- A Feminine Vertigo: On Chantal Akerman's Le Captive


12th Issue of 24 Monthly:
- On David Fincher
- On Houshang Golmakani
- On Yves Montand


 November


From Film Monthly, 418th Issue:
On Arthur Penn
A detailed and analytical filmography of Robert Aldrich
Best Jazz Scores in History of Cinema: A Favorite Top 25

In the same issue of Film Monthly Houshang Golmakani's review of Celluloid Architecture book was published.


11th Issue of 24 Monthly:
- On Phillip Seymour Hoffman
- On "Film and City"
- On Henri Langlois, and Film Archives.

October


From 417th Film Monthly:
On Dracula in Pakistan
On Jack Clayton's Innocents
On Arthur Penn's Micky One


 From 10th Issue of 24 Monthly:
- On Cate Blanchett
(Download in PDF. It's in Farsi)





August


 
Lecturing on "the nature of cinematographic image" in Ferdowsi University of Mashhad.

From 415th Film Monthly:
Anatomy of Dream Factory: a long essay on history of film studios in Hollywood, Germany, Italy and England.



From 9th Issue of 24 Monthly:
- On Morgan Freeman (PDF)


 
An Interview with Silent Film Composer Ekkehard Wölk for Silent Era. Read it here.


24 Monthly:
A selection of my favorite noir directors, as well as an article on Jeff Bridges.(download it in PDF format, here. It's in Farsi of course!)



From 414th Film Monthly:
Truth is a guillotine  [on Claude Chabrol in his 80s]
Profession: Anti-Fascist [on Dashiell Hammett's Watch on the Rhine]


July



LIFE ... REPLACED BY FRESH CORPSE: David Thomson's “Have You Seen...” Reviewed, appears in the summer issue of Noir City Sentinel. It's a noir report of Thomson's massive book.#




MUBI's Notebook post from July.

On Victor Sjöström and his influence on Bergman for 24 Monthly. (Download it here)



From 413th issue of Film Monthly:
- On Dede Allen
- On John Ford's Bucking Broadway.
- On Blast Of Silence.



June
Review of Celluloid Architecture book appeared in 24 Monthly. In the same issue and under the section, auteur's note, I introduced my book.


Published works from 412th Film Monthly:
- On Dennis Hopper
- Reviewing Francis Ford Coppola's Tetro.

May



From 411th issue of Film Monthly:
On Victor Fleming and reflections of his character in Clark Gable's Rhett Butler.
On Fritz Lang's Clash by Night.
Obituary: Kathryn Grayson
Shargh, an important daily newspaper, reviewed Celluloid Architecture book.

So long Eric
, an essay on Eric Rohmer + Reading film frames: a new approach to studying and analyzing films appeared in the 410th issue of Film Monthly.

April
My essay on Jean Grémillon‎, from the 409th issue of Film Monthly, apparently the first article in Farsi about the great French filmmaker published.

A positive review of Celluloid Architecture book appears in Shahra Ara Daily, one of Mashhad's three biggest newspapers. [read here]

My first book, Celluloid Architecture (in Farsi), on interplay between cinema and architecture, published. [picture above]

March


From 408th issue of Film Monthly:  "New York and the movies" and a small piece on Egyptian remake of The Asphalt Jungle, Cairo (Wolf Rilla, 1963).

February


For the special issue of "International Fajr Film Festival," I wrote an article about directors who emerged from TV in the history of motion pictures.


January


My interview with German silent film composer, Ekkehard Wölk, appeared in 60th issue of Film Quarterly.

Three new articles in the 405th issue of Film Monthly:
- On Man Ray, the filmmaker.
- On H. C. Potter's early post modern masterpiece, Hellzapoppin'
- On Sacha Guitry's Le roman d'un tricheur



2009

December


An homage to the cinema of Joseph M. Newman concerning his centennial in the 404th issue of Film Monthly, accompanied with two other pieces on Cornel Wilde's The Naked Prey and Public Domain films.

Screening my documentary From Caligari to Libeskind in Khayyam University.

Lecturing on "cinema & architecture - the meanings of image," for architecture students of Khayyam University.

November


Three pieces published in 402th issue of Film Monthly: On Tiffany studios in early 1930s; remembering Singing in the rain; on Braineaters.



Publishing two of my pieces (a comparison between Sherlock Holmes series and Moto's in the historical context of WW II and spy films; the second one, on Michael Curtiz's Young Man With a Horn and fictional jazz bio-pics.

My interview with German Silent film composer and pianist, Ekkehard Wölk, appeared in the 402th issue of the Film Monthly. The English version will be printed in the upcoming issue of Film International Quarterly.

October


From the 401th issue of Film Monthly my new column Bazkhaniha [rediscoveries] started.

A new collection of my writings appears in Film Monthly:
- Tracing the landing on moon in history of cinema.
- On British screen writer, Alec Coppel.
- Introducing Gerald Peary's For the Love of Movies: The Story of American Film Criticism to Iranian film goers.
- On Early Katharine Hepburn films.
- First article from a humorous series on bad movies (this one about Ray Kellogg)
- My response to David Thomson's inequitable note on An American In Paris, in his book "Have you seen?"


September


A very long piece that I've wrote on history and aesthetic of movie posters appeared in a special issue of Film publications.

May

Launching my blogs, Take the 'A' train and Notes on cinematograph.

January


Three long essays for mini-retrospectives in International Fajr Film Festivel: John Ford (Oscar winning films), Alfred Hitchcock (British period), and Francis Ford Coppola (in the 1970s).



2008


Cover of Vertigo's 50th anniversary
October

I was the guest editor of a special issue of Art Monthly, celebrating 50th anniversary of Alfred Hitchcock's Vertigo, including my introduction to this anthology of writings and interviews and also a piece on meanings of place and space in film.

February

After a year of work (including 2 months of editing) my first documentary film, From Caligari to Libeskind, about German expressionist cinema and architecture of the 1920s and its longing influence on history of art and architecture was screened for a small group of colleagues and friends. Since then, due to some references to Holocaust in the film, I haven't been able to screen the film in Iran.

January

Teaching genre studies in a cultural institute in Northeast of Iran.



2007

Teaching "Space in Cinema" (architecture, city, landscape and cityscape in movies), from 2007. An audio tape of one the courses is available here:



Teaching film history in Agah Film. The course successfully went on for more than 30 sessions (nearly 100 hours.)

Design project: a cinematheque for Mashhad, Iran.





2003

Curated two retrospectives for Khorasan's society of film critics, on comedy genre and westerns.



2002

Organized two retrospectives for the cinema of John Huston and Sam Peckinpah (shown occasionally in 35mm prints, something quite rare in Iran) at the Ferdowsi University of Mashhad.