THE SONG OF SPARROWS (Majid Majidi, 2008)

Avaze Gonjeshk-ha is, by far, Majid Majidi’s finest achievement to date (best director, Fajr). The protagonist is Karim (Mohammad Amir Naji, best actor, Berlin, Asia-Pacific), who loses his job after one of the birds gets loose at the ostrich ranch where he works because he left the corral to retrieve daughter Haniyeh’s hearing aid, which […]

FLAMES (Ramesh Sippy, 1975)

Exhilarating and intensely exciting for somewhat less than the first hour of its 188-minute length, Sholay, a Hindi action-adventure, with farcical slapstick comedy, romance and, of course, musical interludes besides, easily surpasses such smart-alecky Hollywood cousins as Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (George Roy Hill, 1969) and Raiders of the Lost Ark (Steven Spielberg, […]