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This Is Not a Film

Not Rated In Theaters 02/29/2012 , 75min.
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Slant Magazine
In its way, this effort is both a forceful assertion of the most stifling brand of auteurism and a radical reconfiguration of its political potential. Full Review
A.O. Scott
The New York Times
How did Mr. Panahi do this? I'm at a bit of a loss to explain, to tell you the truth, since my job is to review movies, and this, obviously, is something different: a masterpiece in a form that does not yet exist. Full Review
David Denby
The New Yorker
The movie is also about a man without fear. It is often funny and stirring, but as you are watching you know what the game will lead to; dictatorships are not known for their sense of humor. [5 March 2012, p. 86] Full Review
David Edelstein
New York Magazine (Vulture)
In totalitarian societies, artists have found all sorts of ways - some brilliantly imaginative - to disguise their political protest, but Panahi has no subterfuges left. This Is Not a Film ends with a whimper that is a bang. He must be freed. Full Review
Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
It's irrefutably art, and undeniably vital. Full Review

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