The Last Act

  • Feature
  • 1991
  • 110 Minutes
  • Iran, Islamic Republic of
  • Language: Persian (Farsi)

Kamran and Moluk, middle-aged siblings, live penniless in the family's Tehran mansion, selling furniture to pay expenses

Director: Varuzh Karim-Masihi

Screenwriter: Varuzh Karim-Masihi

Premier Status: World Premiere (Restored Version)


Film Critic

The First and the Last Masterpiece

Ahmad Talebinejad

Ahmad Talebinejad

Varouzh Karim Masihi has spent a lifetime in cinema but as Amrollah Ahmadjou (Karimi Masihi worked with him as his editor on a Tv show) once said, “if there was going to be a retrospective of his works, we would only have one film to show; The last Act”. Although at that time Karim Masihi had not made “Tardid” (Doubt, 2009), but Ahmadjou forgot to mention “Salandar”, a brilliant film which he directed in 1980. However, despite its evident values, Tardid was not a film that could satisfy his audience or even himself as a filmmaker, so inevitably we considered The Last Act, as the only true manifestation of his talent. A crime movie with a historical motif and an intensely socially charged theme with a nod to the revealing role of  traditional theatre in uncovering the corruption and crimes of the decaying aristocrats. The complex plot and multi-dimensional characters, stunning performances of all cast, in particular Jamshid Hashem Poor as the detective and Saeed Poor Samimi as the lead actor of the minstrel show on top of the creative and exquisite mise-en-scene are all the reasons which make The Last Act, a great movie in the history of Iranian cinema.


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Awards

1991: Fajr International Film Festival, 9 Crystal Symorgh including Best Film and Best Director, Iran

1992: Montreal International Film Festival, Canada

1991: Mannheim-Heidelberg International Film Festival, Germany

1993: Rotterdam International Film Festival, Netherlands


Cast and Crew

Screenwriter: Varuzh Karim-Masihi

DOP / Camera: Asghar Rafijam

Editor: Zhilla Ipackchi, Varuzh Karim-Masihi

Music: Babak Bayat

Sound: Eshagh Khanzadi

Producer: Majid Modaresi, Mohammad Mehdi Dadgou

Cast: Dariush Arjmand, Farimah Farjami, Saeed Poursamimi, Jamshid Hashempur, Gholam-Hossein Lotfi, Hossein Mahjoub, Morteza Zarrabi, Niku Kheradmand, Mahaya Petrossian, Shahin Alizadeh


Director

Varuzh Karim-Masihi

Varuzh Karim-Masihi (1952, Arak) started his career as assistant director in Downpour (Bahram Beyzai, 1972). Karim-Masihi who is also an editor made his feature film debut The Last Act in 1991 and his second feature, Doubt (2009) 18 years later,. The last Act, received sixteen nominations and nine prizes, including best director and best film, at the International Fajr Festival in Tehran.

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