18 December 2000
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!
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?
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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