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Revisiting the Abbas Kiarostami’s Şirin in Context of the Cinema, the Audience, and the Possibilities of Cinematography


This article examines the ways in which Abbas Kiarostami used cinematographical techniques such as close-up, sound manipulation, and offscreen space to create a parallel “world” for the audience of Şirin, his last film. He placed the camera in a cinema, looking at the audience, and that is what Kiarostami’s audience sees; one audience watches another audience while that other audience watches a film. A series of intense closeups reveal the effect that the film has on individuals in the audience. One never sees the film they are watching; one only hears the soundtrack. Kiarostami is a prestigious Iranian filmmaker, and this film also provides an opportunity to discuss the cultural and ideological dynamics of filmmaking style and production procedures in Iran.

Keywords: Audience, Spectatorship, Point of View Shot, Cinematic Experience.