May 5, 2000
Filmmakers as role models
In response to Banafsheh
Thank you for your response and your respect to an Iranian artist which
was my general idea too. But needless to say, I have to diagree.
If we are talking about areas of art like acting, music or let's say
graphics (not even painting) you are absolutely right. Who cares what kind
of person Beethoven, Leonardo Davinci or Lawrance Olivier were? they were
masters in what they did and history will remember them forever.
However, if we are talking about literature, or in this case cinema,
I would say the situation is quite different. When somone rights a book
or makes a movie, we are dealing with direct ideas presented by the composer.
How can the artist be exempt from ideas that he himself is more or less
To make my point clearer, let's forget about Mehrjoui, whom I still
respect a lot, and consider another example. Let's consider a teacher who
is telling children in school to be honest, peaceful and not to be jealous.
Do you expect that teacher to follow his own words or not? Is this too
much ask? I don't think so.