According to the film reporter of Fars News Agency, Iranian cinema is experiencing a strange situation these days. On the one hand, medium to low satirical films such as “Fossil” have sold over 100 billion, and on the other hand, some films have less than a thousand viewers. In the meantime, it seems that the rival of the cinema, “home viewing platforms” are in a better position and every week different series reach the homes of the citizens. The series, of course, generally have weak and stereotyped structures from the point of view of aesthetic quality and the way of expression.
Serials that have taken on the role of developing the audience’s taste in the absence of cinema’s influence. This is why the country’s cinema field needs serious research and studies more than ever these days.
Today’s cinema can be examined from different perspectives, and perhaps one of the strangest events of these years is the lack of quantitative and qualitative research about cinema and this important cultural field of the country. Distribution, production, consumption, education and hundreds of other indicators that can be the subject of cinematic studies.
During the past two decades, the Cinema Organization has always tried to understand the state of the country’s cinema with qualitative and quantitative studies. Whether or not he was successful in this task is another matter; But apparently, hundreds of researches were conducted every year, a topic that has been greatly diminished in recent years. Obviously, the main trustee of this section is Deputy of studies and new technologies of the cinema organization During the last two years, except holding the Cinema Research Year Award, he has had almost no other activities. It seems that there is no news of quantitative or qualitative researches and the general focus of this vice-chancellor is based on supporting student theses, which we all know what their fate is and how much we can rely on their outputs.
Unfortunately, this lack of belief in study and research work is a very obvious issue that can be clearly seen in this period. Of course, this problem is not only in the field of film management and organization, and the prevailing current of the country’s cinema field also suffers from a lack of serious research and studies. The issue that has undoubtedly caused lampoonism in the cinema and the absurd works are also the product of this approach. About this Mohammad Taqi Fahim The thoughtful and well-known cinema critic has conducted a conversation with the media, parts of which are presented below.
* One cannot expect the production of significant and valuable works from an illiterate cinema!
In fact, the skeleton and content of our cinema screams of illiteracy, and when this cinema is illiterate as a whole, we cannot expect to produce significant and valuable works in it! The illiteracy that exists among cinematographers is due to the fact that a large part of them are not good at studying and researching and seeking to improve themselves from different ideological, ideal, etc. perspectives.
In this regard, the judge of the 41st Fajr International Film Festival reminded: This is despite the fact that not so long ago, Iranian cinema was full of concerned and studious filmmakers. Even many of our filmmakers who, according to Fermi, made works worthy of reflection and their films have survived.
Fahim emphasized: If today filmmakers are still remembered for their early works, it is because they were people who read books, studied and researched seriously. These were the people who devoured all the books before becoming filmmakers!
* Lumpenism has caused the disintegration of cinema and reduced the values of cinema
This film critic then emphasized that illiteracy is rampant in the cinema today and stated: the lampoonism ruling the cinema, which is the foundation and initially caused the disintegration of the cinema and the reduction of the values of the cinema, is due to the presence of cinematographers who are afraid of their words. As for the rest of their various signs, it is derived from illiteracy and lack of study.
He noted: When we examine most of the good films in the world, we realize that most of them are adaptations, which means that their filmmakers had an affinity with literature. The authors of these works were constantly reading and studying, and this made their level improve.
In the continuation of this conversation, this cultural expert emphasized that low and superficial films that are based on the fleeting taste of the audience are caused by creators who do not value thought and art. They should know that cinema should not only create entertainment.
* Entertainment should be dramatic and showy, not based on excitement and low headlines
Fahim pointed out: Of course, the aspect of entertainment is important in cinema, but this entertainment should be dramatic and showy, not based on excitement and low headlines that are reproduced regularly, and most of them are produced based on the contents of cyberspace, low-body jokes, and lampoon tendencies. Officially, it is a sign of illiteracy and lack of knowledge of their directors and producers.
He added: Is there a producer in our cinema who has ideas and we can rely on them as theorists? We believe that fun movies should be produced, but at least these movies should be among the works that are worth watching twice.
At the end of this conversation, Fahim added: There should be no doubt that the relationship between a good film and a book has been proven and that these two together can lead to a significant and lasting output. But unfortunately, many filmmakers are not looking for books at all! Maybe they finally read the motivational books that are fashionable these days, but they don’t know the rich literature, and when the producer is far from these sources, it will undoubtedly cause a serious decline in cinema.
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