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Crimson Gold (2003)

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Original title: Talaye sorkh


Release Date
• USA: Oct 31, 2003
• UK: 12 Sep 2003
DVD Release Date
• R1: Jul 20, 2004

Official Website:
Crimson Gold Website

Running Time
1 hour, 35 minutes

Country Iran

Studio Jafar Panahi Productions

More info on IMDb.com

Other Titles
• Talaye sorkh
• Crimson Gold
• Talaye Sorgh



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Genre: Drama, Society, Experimental, True Story, Psychodrama, Murder, Thieves

Plot: Crimson Gold, directed by Jafar Panahi and written by Abbas Kiarostami, tells the story of an ordinary pizza deliveryman named Hussein (Hussein Emadeddin), and his journey navigating the dark injustices of Teheran - from the dirty, downtown “souk” neighborhood to the wealthy, uptown enclaves of the city. The opening scene, an amazing four-minute, camera-steady shot, shows a gun-toting Hussein taking over an upscale jewelry shop, killing the shop owner, and then shooting himself. This grisly scene sets the story for a re-examination of the events that led Hussein to this destructive explosion. Panahi attempts to understand how a simple, shy and good-hearted guy like Hussein could be brought to such violence. Hussein is engaged to the sister of his closest friend, Ali. They decide to go to a jewelry shop after Ali’s discovery of a handbag with a broken wedding ring and a receipt for an expensive imported necklace. Eager to see where such an expensive necklace is sold, they arrive at the shop and are turned away for their working class appearance. Ali suggests returning in their best suits with Hussein's fiancée, to see whether there is anything they can afford. When they realize they don’t have enough money, and when the shop’s owner insults them by suggesting they go to the

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 Directed by
Jafar Panahi
The Circle, Badkonake sefid
 Written by
Abbas Kiarostami
Badkonake sefid, Taste of Cherry, Bad ma ra khahad bord
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 Music By
Peyman Yazdanian
Bad ma ra khahad bord, Kaze no jûtan, Yek shab



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