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Reform Cinema in IranFilm and Political Change in the Islamic Republic$
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Blake Atwood

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780231178174

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231178174.001.0001

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Who Killed the Tough Guy?

Who Killed the Tough Guy?

Continuity and Rupture in the Filmfārsi Tradition

(p.136) 4 Who Killed the Tough Guy?
Reform Cinema in Iran

Blake Atwood

Columbia University Press

This chapter moves beyond the art-house films that typically determine the scholarship on Iranian cinema and asks how Khatami’s presidency impacted popular cinema as well. A comparison between Mas’ud Kimiai’s Protest (1999) and Qeysar (1969) foregrounds a discussion about the fate of the tough guy film, a genre popular both before and after the Revolution of 1978-1979. While Qeysar celebrates vigilante justice and creating a space in which one’s moral code supersedes the rule of law, Protest kills its vigilante character and replaces him with a new hero, a thoughtful, sensitive man who discusses politics and thinks critically about the Reformist Movement. In this way, Protest announces the death of the tough guy genre in Iranian cinema, a death initiated not by revolution but rather by the rise of Reformist Movement.

Keywords:   Mas'ud Kimiai, Filmfarsi, Tough Guy Films, Rule of Law, Popular Films

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