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Addendum to Adam’s Long Takes – Kiarostami

Abbas Kiarostami, the Iranian director.

Here’s the beginning of Under the Olive Trees which has a striking long shot from about 4:00 – 7:00.

And here is a scene from Taste of Cherry. There are a few long takes inside. The man driving wants to kill himself and asks his passenger to come and bury him or rescue him from a ditch the next morning. The old man has a story of his own. There are long telescopic shots of the vehicle going up and down hills and the old man’s monologue is one take, though sometimes interrupted by cuts.

6 thoughts on “Addendum to Adam’s Long Takes – Kiarostami

  1. Re: Taste of Cherry

    Patience is undervalued in movie-making. I suppose there’s a fine line between boring the viewer and allowing him to feel as though the characters are doing what they would ordinarily do. I like this. The story within a story reminds me of what Chekhov did in fiction; you feel as though the characters are just talking without design, though there is a larger design they aren’t aware of.

    1. Chekhov is a great spiritual brother for Kiarostami. The trilogy of stories with ‘Gooseberries’ is a good example of the stories with in the story.

    1. I’m also a fan of Kiarostami– The Wind Will Carry Us and Taste of Cherry are two of my favorites… they’re more expansive than, say, Close Up or Ten

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