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Frontiers in Art Research, 2023, 5(5); doi: 10.25236/FAR.2023.050502.

The Iranian New Wave: Poetic Neorealist Cinema


Zhenzhen Li

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Zhenzhen Li

Taylor's University, Subang Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia


This paper discusses Iranian cinema, its focus on neorealism and the use of real and fictional elements to create a deeper sense of reality. The author explores the choice of themes in Iranian cinema and highlights two prominent themes: children as protagonists and women's stories. Children's cinema often features a minimalist storyline, ordinary and trivial, but can evoke deep emotions. Women's stories focus on exploring the specific norms and challenges that women face in Iranian culture, often depicting their struggles under religious and patriarchal oppression. The paper discusses several examples of Iranian films that feature these themes, such as "Where Is the Friend's Home?" and "Became a Woman".


Iranian New Wave; Neorealist Cinema; Iranian cinemas; Cinemas style; Open ending

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Zhenzhen Li. The Iranian New Wave: Poetic Neorealist Cinema. Frontiers in Art Research (2023) Vol. 5, Issue 5: 9-13. https://doi.org/10.25236/FAR.2023.050502.


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