4 Crucial Cinematic Lessons from Abbas Kiarostami


In the wake of Abbas Kiarostami’s death, here are four of his greatest contributions to cinema.


The film world suffered an incalculable loss with the death of Abbas Kiarostami, the legendary Iranian filmmaker whose 1997 film Taste of Cherry won the Palme d’Or at Cannes. Kiarostami had been undergoing treatments for cancer in Paris, according to the BBC, where he died on Sunday. Immediately, tributes began to pour in from around the world, including from Martin Scorsese, who told The Hollywood Reporter, “He was a true gentleman and, truly, one of our great artists.”


Jean-Luc Godard once opined: “Cinema begins with D.W. Griffith and ends with Abbas Kiarostami.” Below, we’ve culled four of Kiarostami’s greatest ideological contributions to the cinematic form.


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