Iranian cinema: a reading list

Iranian cinema: a reading list
Maart 2013
Peter Bosma

General Introductions
  1. Naficy, Hamid, Cinema and National Identity: A Social History of Iranian Cinema. Volume 1: The Artificial Era 1897-1941; Volume 2: The Industrializing Years 1941-1978; Volume 3: The Islamic Period 1978-1984; Volume 4: The Globalizing Era 1984-2010, Duke UP, 2011/2012.
  2. Mirbakhtyar, Shahla, Iranian Cinema and the Islamic Revolution, Jefferson: Mc Farland, 2006.
  3. Sadr, Hamid Reza, Iranian Cinema: A Political History, London: Tauris, 2006. Oorspronkelijk: Against the Wind. The Political History of Iranian Cinema. Oxford: Oxford UP (Tehran: Zarrin), 2002.
  4. Issari, Mohammad Ali, Cinema in Iran, 1900 - 1979. Metuchen: Scarecrow, 1989.
  5. Maghsoudlou, Bahman, Iranian Cinema, New York: New York University, 1987.
Some specialised studies
1. Gow, Christopher, From Iran to Hollywood and Some Places In-Between: Reframing Post-Revolutionary Iranian Cinema. London: Tauris, 2011.
2. Jahed, Parviz (ed.) Directory of World Cinema: Iran, London: Intellect Books, 2012.
3. Tapper, Richard (ed.), The New Iranian Cinema. Politics, Representation and Identity, Londen/ New York: Tauris, 2002.
4. Sheibani, Khatereh, The Poetics of Iranian Cinema: Aesthetics, Modernity and Film after the Revolution, London: Tauris, 2011.
5. Elena, Alberto, The Cinema of Abbas Kiarostami, London: SAQI, 2005.
6. Nancy, Jean-Luc, Abbas Kiarostami, L’évidence du film/ The Evidence of Film, Bruxelles: Yves Gevaert Editeur, 2001.
7. Saeed-Vafa, Mehrnaz & Jonathan Rosenbaum, Abbas Kiarostami, Urbana/Chicago: University of Illinois Press, 2003.
8. Dabashi, Hamid, Close-Up. Iranian Cinema. Past, Present and Future, Verso, 2001. See also
9. K. Talattof & A.A. Seyed-Gohrab (eds.) Conflict and Development in Iranian Film, Leiden: Leiden University Press, Full text on line:
Selected Articles
Special mention:
Journalistic reports & introductions on Iran