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ISMEO presenta il terzo seminario di Oriental Music Conversations
28 Maggio 2021 | Ore 17.00
(Professor, City University of London)
From Lor Girl to May Lady:
Music, Sound and Constructions of Womanhood in Iranian Cinema
The opening scene of the first Persian-language sound film, The Lor Girl. Or Yesterday’s Iran and Today’s (Ardeshir Irani), made in Bombay in 1933, is an extraordinary display of suggestive female performance. This keynote presentation explores the role of music and sound in Golnar’s transformation, drawing parallels with a later film also made at an important political juncture in Iran’s history: the reform period of the late 1990s. In The May Lady (Rakhshan Banietemad, 1998), sound is also used to challenge existing notions of Iranian womanhood. In comparing these two films, I explore the ways in which the musico-sonic becomes a space for both constructing...