Film 90 in the “1001 Films to See Before You Die” challenge is 1963’s “The House is Black”. Or to give it’s Iranian title “Khaneh siah ast”. This short Iranian film is only 20 minutes long and looks at a leper colony in Iran. This maybe a short film but I found it very touch to watch. Not because it was dull, but because of how they showed leprosy on screen. It’s as if the director, Forugh Farrokhzad, was trying to tell us that lepers are human too. They maybe missing parts of their bodies but they’re still human. Just like Christina Aguilera sang “You are beautiful no matter what they say, Words can’t bring you down.” Don’t know why I chose that song in particular but I feel like it fits in with the film. My only complaint with the film are the subtitles. This film is in black and white and the subtitles are barely readable against the picture. However, there was one line I found that I found to be very powerful. This was said by a leper in the film, “I was molded in the bowels of the earth.” What do you guys think of that? Also, if you have seen this short film then let me know what you thought of it in the comments. Here is what I have to say while watching 1963’s “The House is Black” or it’s Iranian name “Khaneh siah ast”. By the way, the poster I’m using is wrong but it’s one only poster image I found on Google
Film – The House Is Black (Khaneh siah ast)
Year – 1963
Director – Forugh Farrokhzad
Staring – Forugh Farrokhzad, Ebrahim Golestan, Hossein Mansouri
IMDb Rating – 8/10
My Rating – 7.7/10
Length – 20 min
Genre – Documentary, Short
It’s a woman with one eye
Or a man! I can’t tell!
I can’t read the subtitles
Every one in this school classroom is scared
Nothing like a bit of hobo street art
He has no nose!!!!
And he just like touching walls
Friday is the only day that doesn’t sound the the same as all the others
“I was molded in the bowels of the earth”
Don’t you hate it when your lighter doesn’t work?
Time for a lesson leprosy
Don’t inject things in people’s eyes
This is pretty hard to watch
Why are they placing bags on top of her hands
Everyone in this film loves God
Again, this is hard to watch
GIMME THE BOWL OF FOOD!!!
That is a very squeaky wheelbarrow
Again, I can’t read the subtitles
Why did the picture just go black for a few seconds?
Why is that little girl carrying a shovel
Don’t steal that man’s crutch!!!
We play checkers with rocks
Why are those two men fighting
He’s still touching walls
Where’s that spring noise coming from?
He’s still performing out on the streets
Now what’s happening
This is the worst concert I’ve ever seen
This is the biggest game of volleyball I’ve ever seen
“The evening shadows are spreading” – That’s a new way of saying that it’s nearly night time
Back to school
Time to learn about the planet Venus
Not as good as Uranus
“Name something ugly” – He went and picked the guy with leprosy
We’ve been kicked out of the town
That looks like one boob and the number 6