(aka 'Gabbeh')

Directed by Mohsen Makhmalbaf
Iran 1996

 

  A folkloric carpet (Gabbeh), picturing a man and a woman riding away on horseback, is the prized possession of a nomadic elderly couple. When they sit to wash it on the bank of a creek, a beautiful young woman suddenly emerges from the carpet to join them. Once held hostage by the endless restraints of the family that fashioned the carpet, she reveals the secret of the carpet lies within the mysterious black-clad rider on the white horse. Month after month, season after season, he had followed her family from afar, always present, always waiting, howling to her songs of love – longing for her to run away with him.

Director Mohsen Makhmalbaf's masterpiece is a brilliantly colorful, profoundly romantic ode to beauty, nature, love and art.

Gary W. Tooze

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Theatrical Release: September 8th, 1996 - Toronto Film Festival

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Runtime 1:09:15 
Video 1.83:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 6.96 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

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Audio Farsi (Dolby Digital 2.0) 
Subtitles English, None
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Studio: New Yorker Video

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Original Aspect Ratio 1.83:1

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• Audio Commentary by critic Godfrey Cheshire
• Theatrical trailer

• Liner notes essay by Godfrey Cheshire

DVD Release Date: September 20th, 2005

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This transfer is certainly tube-acceptable with decent colors and relative sharpness, considering it is not progressive and we expect it is taken from the MK2 PAL source without conversion to NTSC prior to transfer. The fact that the film has some stunning, almost polarizing, cinematography only enhances this DVD presentation. Godfrey Cheshire's commentary expands on his appreciation of the film and he shares some relevant details in the process. This is another strong film from Makhmalbaf and an excellent choice to bring to North American audiences on the DVD medium.

Gary W. Tooze

 





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