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Re: “Hysterical Society

OK Annie, valid point, except Kelly is apparently well-informed on aesthetic and feminist criticism. However, he is male and so you can also point out that perhaps the negative review was derived from his own masculine viewpoint criminalizing male sexuality within a system that made it easy to do so.

I have to say though that I think each person's criticism is very indicative of the person's POV, and let's face it, literary writers/ theorists and film critics are not film producers.

Every film producer I'm sure is amazed at how this film was distributed within the Hollywood system during a time of recession and conservative tastes...or to even bring this kind of story to the screen is an achievement in itself. One could say it was "politically correct" in all aspects, and probably an Academy vehicle, but simply the fact that this story was adapted to screen from novel to producer to god knows how many rewrites before it was shot and financed- is indeed incredible, because stories with a political slant or the socially conscious art film are big risks in today's market.

However, I respect Kelly's position- which is that from an academic purist's, and psychoanalytical/ literary interpretation of the film from the perspective of someone who probably never had to produce and distribute a film in Hollywood. This viewpoint is just as valid as any other in my opinion because negative film reviews by intellectuals mean that the film was actually interesting enough to analyze.

I have to add though that one can sit there and write stinging words, but to bring people to action through a common vision is something that we should reserve respect to directors and producers who see the project from beginning to end.

Posted by Sierra on 06/29/2009 at 1:34 AM

Re: “Hysterical Society

Very well written and insightful analysis. However, let's give a little credit to the filmmakers. Sometimes "outrage porn" or rather depicting excessive violence is sometimes necessary to raise awareness about it. I gather the producers of this film had a specific political agenda, and to be fair, the story of the oppression that women face in Iran is something Americans know little about, and deserves to be commended in cinema. Not many people are willing to tell stories like this one, and instead we all follow the money trail towards big blockbusters like Transformers II.

This film also has incredible timing with the recent events in Iran, and despite the fact that this film isn't a particular favorite of mine in accordance with my specific cinema palate, I still think it addresses the issues that makes people uncomfortable. It's a little heavy on the politics, bleak in sociology but if you think about it, is reminiscent of Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter or even Lars von Trier's Dancer in the Dark.

Overall, it's an incredible film to have produced and actually executed in the face of oppression and I think it's brilliant in capturing the voice of contemporary Iran.

Posted by Sierra on 06/27/2009 at 6:26 PM

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