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The Salesman

Date: 
Saturday, April 14, 2018 - 19:00 to 22:00
All day: 
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April 14, 2018
The Salesman
Starring Shahab Hosseini, Taraneh Alidoost
Directed by Asgar Farhadi, 2016
125 minutes
Discussant: Susan Pollak. Ed. D.

Winner of an Oscar for best foreign film in 2017, Asgar Farhadi’s The Salesman is part thriller and part psychological drama. Returning to the theme of the complexities of marriage, this film has echoes of both Alfred Hitchcock and Arthur Miller’s "Death of a Salesman." The protagonists Emad and Rana are amateur actors playing Willy and Linda Loman in a production of Miller’s signature play. In this play within a film, Farhadi examines how anger and damaged self-esteem can threaten to destroy what we most want to protect. Set in Tehran, this movie is a compassionate exposition of the common ground of shared human experience, transcending cultural and geographic boundaries.

Learning Objectives: At the end of this event, participants will be able to:

  1. identify the atavistic themes of the film and how these are reflected in society
  2. identify what Farhadi trying to say about the demands of masculinity
  3. identify the theme of the vulnerability of both sexes.