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Persian films and TV series

Postby alijsh on 2007-05-17, 15:22

Do you watch Persian films?
Do you think it's useful for learning Persian?
What films do you have watched?
Which ones do you like?
What has been the last film you have watched?
Are you interested in any particular actor/actress?
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Postby Sisyphe on 2007-05-17, 17:48

Persian films are quite the sensation here. :yep: There are three theatres in my area - one is about 15 minutes away, another an hour and a half, and the last two hours away - which set aside one spot for one Persian movie at a time. The theatres alloted for Persian movies are usually pretty empty unfortunately, unless someone happens to be celebrating some event or another. :) I've found films useful for learning idioms and proverbs, for the most part. I would say that my favourite Persian films have been from recent times - I thought Atash Bas and Mehman (not to be confused with Mehman-e maman) were particularly spectacular. Atash Bas was a film about a feuding couple who wanted a divorce and seperated (I won't spoil the rest of it, for those who haven't seen it), while Mehman was a hilarious comedy about an Iranian-American who went to Tehran alone (no spoiler here either ;) ). Mehman was the last film that I saw - I actually went to see it on three different occasions. :lol: A lot of the humour focused on the clashing of American and Persian cultures - which made it quite an entertaining smash hit here. I'd be surprised if the film were allowed in Iran though - there was some off-colour humour in the film even touching issues like homosexuality...
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Postby peterlin on 2007-05-17, 19:00

Sisyphe wrote:while Mehman was a hilarious comedy about an Iranian-American who went to Tehran alone (no spoiler here either ;) ). Mehman was the last film that I saw - I actually went to see it on three different occasions. :lol: A lot of the humour focused on the clashing of American and Persian cultures - which made it quite an entertaining smash hit here. I'd be surprised if the film were allowed in Iran though - there was some off-colour humour in the film even touching issues like homosexuality...


Be surprised, then. It was screened in Tehran movie theatres a month ago. My wife wanted to see it, but we didn't manage, because of all the hassle related to coming back to Poland.

We did see the no.1 blockbuster - Ekhrajiha (The Outcasts), though. Really funny and offers an interesting approach to Iraq-Iran war issues.
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Postby alijsh on 2007-05-17, 19:03

How interesting! I saw both Mehmân and Atashbas last week. Mehmân was interesting. Another film I saw was "Ezdevâj be sabke Irâni". Have you seen it? It's about an American who falls in love with an Iranian girl... It was nice.
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Postby Sisyphe on 2007-05-17, 20:49

Oh wow! I definitely am surprised. :lol: The humour wasn't that off-colour, I just didn't think it would go over as well in Iran as it did here - maybe it was censored though, I don't know. Unfortunately though, I haven't seen that film at any theatres here, no. :( I'll be sure to see both films though if they are at any of the theatres here in the future. I'll have to check Jâm-e Jam TV...their commercials have all of the times and dates for of the Persian movies here. Ekhrâjihâ particularly sounds interesting btw.
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Postby alijsh on 2007-05-18, 4:10

I think the scene you think it was censored in Mehmân was where Sharifinia (the owner of Hotel) covers his eyes and plays hide-and-seek with the American girl (Caroline). Am I right?
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Postby Psi-Lord on 2007-05-18, 4:50

Iranian films are particularly hard to find here (I believe there are only two or three to be found at the video shop I go to, and I have never seen one at the cinema). The only one I’ve had the opportunity to watch was one I even mentioned in a couple of threads last year: «[r]دو فرشته[/r]»‎ (2003, directed by Mamad Haghighat).
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Postby Sisyphe on 2007-05-18, 5:34

alijsh wrote:I think the scene you think it was censored in Mehmân was where Sharifinia (the owner of Hotel) covers his eyes and plays hide-and-seek with the American girl (Caroline). Am I right?


Well judging by what you know, I'm thinking it wasn't. :lol:
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Postby alijsh on 2007-05-18, 7:58

Psi-Lord wrote:Iranian films are particularly hard to find here (I believe there are only two or three to be found at the video shop I go to, and I have never seen one at the cinema). The only one I’ve had the opportunity to watch was one I even mentioned in a couple of threads last year: «[r]دو فرشته[/r]»‎ (2003, directed by Mamad Haghighat).

I had already introduced this site where you can download Iranian films. The only thing you need is a high-speed internt connection that I'm sure you have it. In the list you can find Mehmân. I have taken تقاطع from my friend but I haven't seen it yet. You can also find it there.
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Postby alijsh on 2007-06-17, 6:12

I renamed the topic to include TV series as well. I didn't think people may be interested in TV series :)

http://www.iranproud.com - a source for downloading Persian TV series as well as films. here you can download TV series.

@peterlin. If you're interested in Esfahâni dialect, in these series characters speak in this dialect 1, 2
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Postby poppy on 2007-07-27, 14:11

Apparently the Korean series "dae jang geum" has been dubbed into Persian and shown in Iran. In East Asia it's the most sucessful drama of all time, definitely recommmended.

http://www.bia2music.com/modules.php?name=Content&pa=showpage&pid=56

I speak some Korean so at first I felt really confused watching it, I can see the words the Korean actors are saying by the shape of their mouths but was hearing Persian and got my wires crossed :lol:
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Postby eskandar on 2007-07-27, 16:19

I love Iranian movies and have watched literally dozens, thanks to Iraniantorrents, though I will admit I usually have to watch them with subtitles, because otherwise I miss a lot. I find it helpful for learning. Often, I understand the dialogue but there are some unfamiliar words; with the help of subtitles, I learn some new words. My favorites are the films of Abbas Kiarostami, Majid Majidi, and Bahman Ghobadi. (I know, the intellectual art-house crowd, right? :lol: ) However, I also enjoy more mainstream films like Marmulak, although I couldn't stand Ezdevâj be sabke Irâni.

I haven't seen Mehmân, I'll check it out when I get a chance! I'm embarrassed to ask, but do any of the movies or TV shows on iranproud.com or iranianuk.com have subtitles? :oops:

The last one I watched was Sarbâzhâye Jom'e, which was very thought-provoking. I liked the use of poetry in the film.
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Postby alijsh on 2007-07-29, 5:24

poppy wrote:Apparently the Korean series "dae jang geum" has been dubbed into Persian and shown in Iran. In East Asia it's the most sucessful drama of all time, definitely recommmended.

Yes, javâheri dar qasr (a jewel in the palace; originally: Yângom-e bozorg) is shown on Fridays. Last Friday we saw part 39. It's a very beautiful series and quite popular. Frankly, it's the only time I ever watch TV.
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Postby poppy on 2007-08-16, 23:26

alijsh wrote:
poppy wrote:Apparently the Korean series "dae jang geum" has been dubbed into Persian and shown in Iran. In East Asia it's the most sucessful drama of all time, definitely recommmended.

Yes, javâheri dar qasr (a jewel in the palace; originally: Yângom-e bozorg) is shown on Fridays. Last Friday we saw part 39. It's a very beautiful series and quite popular. Frankly, it's the only time I ever watch TV.


I love this series too! actually I love Korean films and culture. there are some really great films. If anyone is interested, there are English subs available and I could check whether they fit with the version I link to.
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Postby alijsh on 2007-08-17, 14:54

poppy wrote:I love this series too! actually I love Korean films and culture. there are some really great films. If anyone is interested, there are English subs available and I could check whether they fit with the version I link to.

Channel 3 is showing another Korean series. Its name is Emperâturi-ye Daryâ. Have you seen it? It's also beautiful and has convinced me to spend (waste :D) my time on TV. Last Tuesday we saw part 4.

Korean is a category-III language for English speakers (Just like Arabic, Japanese, etc. Persian is category-II. see here). How good is your Korean? Can you understand much of Korean films and series without subs (we say zirnevis)?
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Postby poppy on 2007-08-23, 20:51

alijsh wrote:Channel 3 is showing another Korean series. Its name is Emperâturi-ye Daryâ. Have you seen it? It's also beautiful and has convinced me to spend (waste :D) my time on TV. Last Tuesday we saw part 4.


I haven't seen that one (English title "Emporer of the Sea") yet. Be careful not to get addicted
:D I waste time on those dramas and films when I never used to watch any! Are Korean films available in Iran? And are there any Korean restarants?

alijsh wrote: How good is your Korean? Can you understand much of Korean films and series without subs (we say zirnevis)?


I can understand a fair amount but I definitely need subs. Korean dramas are available with English subs. You might already know but the Korean writing system is totally logical and easy to learn. It can be learnt in a couple of hours, and there's some courses available for free online.
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Postby alijsh on 2007-08-25, 4:58

poppy wrote:I haven't seen that one (English title "Emporer of the Sea") yet. Be careful not to get addicted
:D I waste time on those dramas and films when I never used to watch any! Are Korean films available in Iran? And are there any Korean restarants?

My mistake. Yes, its name is Emperâtur-e Daryâ. Thanks for your advice.

I don't know about existence of Korean films in Iran. There should be but Iranian youth usually watch Western (not Eastern) films especially those of USA.

As for restaurant, I think there are Korean restaurants but I have never been to such restaurants. East-Asian (Chinese, Japanese, Korean, etc.) cuisine is far from my taste.
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Postby Sisyphe on 2008-01-26, 3:34

Anyone seen Santouri? I want to know if it's worth going to see or not.
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Postby alijsh on 2008-01-26, 5:00

No, I haven't. Here you can read a summary of the story in Persian. I hope it can help you in making your decision: to see or not to see... :wink:
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Postby Sisyphe on 2008-01-26, 6:51

Awesome! Thanks Ali. ;)
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