Archive for October 28th, 2012


This piece was originally posted in 2009 for Allan Fish’s 1960s countdown. It is being re-posted tonight, along with an embedded video of the short film itself, to encourage readers who haven’t seen or even heard of the film before to watch one of the cinema’s great masterpieces. Please vote for it in this week’s “Alternate Oscars” ballot for 1963. The headline and this intro are mine. – Joel Bocko (a/k/a MovieMan0283)

by Allan Fish

(Iran 1963 22m) DVD1

Aka. Khaneh siah ast

I have become the pelican of the desert

p  Forough Farrokhzad  d/w  Forough Farrokhzad

When discussing the great women directors of world cinema, Forough Farrokhzad is not generally one of the first names to be produced from the hat.  Those with a sense of history may note Lois Weber, Dorothy Arzner, even one-time actresses Ida Lupino and Mai Zetterling.  There was Larisa Shepitko, Julia Solntseva and Agnès Varda (though all three of those had arguably more famous director husbands) and then later we had Jane Campion, Lina Wertmuller, Catherine Breillat, Agnès Jaoui, Claire Denis, Sofia Coppola and, most precociously and most appropriately of all given the selection, there’s Samira Makhmalbaf, of whom much may still come.  Farrokhzad had one thing in common with Shepitko, and a tragic connection it was; they both died in car crashes before their time.  Farrokhzad even more so, she was only 32 when she perished.  She made The House is Black inside of a fortnight when she was 27.  She was a poet and a great one, arguably the greatest Iranian poet of the 20th century and one of the greatest of the century full stop.  It may be her only film, but it’s enough to name her a great filmmaker.            (more…)

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OK, results for 1962, let’s get it over with…

Best Picture Lawrence of Arabia, UK/US (7 votes)

Best Director Luis Buñuel, The Exterminating Angel & David Lean, Lawrence of Arabia (4 votes each TIE)

Best Actor James Mason, Lolita (6 votes)

Best Actress Bette Davis, Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? (6 votes)

Best Supp Actor Peter Sellers, Lolita (9 votes)

Best Supp Actress Angela Lansbury The Manchurian Candidate (11 votes)

Best Cinematography Frederick A.Young, Lawrence of Arabia (16 votes)

Best Score Maurice Jarre, Lawrence of Arabia (8 votes)

Best Short La Jétée, France, Chris Marker (11 votes)

My votes will no longer be listed here, only on the topbar as they don’t really belong.


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