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18 December 2000

Hi Jeff,

I really liked your review of Close-Up! I would have given it a higher grade, but your analysis and comments were insightful. Too bad not many people are familiar with this film. In my opionion, it's a modern classic, like much of Hou Hsiao-Hsien's best films. I am very much looking forward to The Wind Will Carry Us!

Happy Holidays,
David Ali

24 December 2000

Comment on your review??!!?? OK then.. It couldn't be more right if you made the film yourself, I am studying film at university and we watched Close-Up, the very notion of a subtitled film saw at least half of my fellow students leave after five minutes. But I stayed for the whole thing and it is a brilliant piece of work. Hossain Sabzian has a face that cries helpless & lost throughout; I don't suppose you know what became of him after the film do you?

Ian R.
United Kingdom


Thank you for your nice comment. I don't know what happened to Hossein Sabzian but there is a documentary that was made last year about him. I can't remember the title of it.



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