WHERE IS MY FRIEND’S HOME? (Abbas Kiarostami, 1987)

Launching Abbas Kiarostami’s great trilogy in rural, rocky northern Iran (Life and Nothing More and Through the Olive Trees follow), Khane-ye doust kodjast? follows eight-year-old Ahmed as he sneaks away from home after school to pursue a moral cause: the return of a classmate’s notebook he accidentally took. This other boy, Mohammad Reza Nematzedah, lives […]


It is outrageous that some would think that Anthony Asquith’s charming, delightful, occasionally hilarious The Importance of Being Earnest, from Oscar Wilde’s 1895 play, is anything less than cinematic. I say this because the front-end and back-end set-up, based on the rising and closing curtain of a stage performance of the play, is deliberately stagy […]