Fereydoun Rahnema (1939–1975)

Persepolis "Siyavosh dar Takht-e Jamshid" (1960)

Fereydoun Rahnema (1939–1975) was an Iranian film director and poet. He is most known for his short film on Persepolis "Siyavosh dar Takht-e Jamshid". Although none of his films saw a theatrical release, they were highly influential within the Iranian New Wave movement. He also served as the director of Iran Zamin from 1966 to 1975.

Rahnema studied film in Paris, France. He began work on "Siyavosh dar Takht-e Jamshid" with funding from the Telefilm Company of National Iranian Radio & Television. Shot on location in the ruins of Persepolis, the film is based on Ferdowsi's poetic epic Shahnameh. It tells the story of Crown Prince Siyâvash who leaves his homeland in order to avoid dishonoring his father Shah Kay Kāvus. He marries the daughter of the local king Afrasiab, but is betrayed and murdered. The film is notable for its then-uncommon temporal experimentation with footage of tourists trekking through the ruins of Persepolis interspersed with the older setting.

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