Close-Up: The Criterion Collection

Criterion   (1990) / Region A
Close-Up: The Criterion Collection

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Close-Up: The Criterion Collection

Internationally revered Iranian filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami (Taste of Cherry, Ten) has created some of the most inventive and transcendent cinema of the past thirty years, and Close-Up is his most radical, brilliant work. This fiction-documentary hybrid uses a sensational real-life event - the arrest of a young man on charges that he fraudulently impersonated well-known filmmaker Mohsen Makhmalbaf - as the basis for a stunning, multilayered investigation into movies, identity, artistic creation, and existence, in which the real people from the case play themselves. With its universal themes and fascinating narrative knots, Close-Up continues to resonate with viewers around the world.


  • Length
  • Rating NR
  • Released:
  • Added Mar 29 2010
  • Production Year 1990
  • Empire SKU 1526203
  • UPC Code 715515060318
  • Studio  Criterion
  • Packaging HD
  • Number of Discs 1
  • Disc SS-DL
  • Subtitles English


Audio commentary by Mehrnaz Saeed-Vafa and Jonathan Rosenbaum
The Traveler, director Abbas Kiarostami’s first feature
Close-up Long Shot, a documentary
New video interview with Kiarostami
A Walk with Kiarostami (2003), a documentary
Plus: A booklet featuring an essay by film critic Godfrey Cheshire


  • Audio
    Persian Dolby Digital Mono
  • Video
    Standard 1.33:1 Color

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