The Things Abandoned by Hollywood

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Thinking about his films while watching an American film leads to a sobering realization: all the things that Kiarostami could not show in his films became the only things Hollywood filmmakers chose to show in theirs. What he showed in his films were the things abandoned by Hollywood: conversation, friendship, understanding, compassion, and empathy.

There’s nothing like the passing of a legendary filmmaker to make you reconsider your decision to watch The Purge: Election Year. A. S. Hamrah discusses Abbas Kiarostami’s filmography and legacy at n+1.


Adam Keller is a Wesleyan graduate currently based in Oakland, California. He's a founding editor of REELYDOPE and used to write for The Argus. More from this author →