The Whispers of Lovers
Last night I watched Le Vent des amoureux / The Lovers’ Wind / Baadeh Sabah, a beautiful documentary about Iran, shot by French cinematographer, Albert Lamorisse, who also made “The Red Balloon” and “White Mane” (which features in one of my recent blogs). His work is beautiful and poetic, showing the varied forms of Persian architecture – buildings from peasant huts to tea houses and garden pavilions to some of the most majestic structures the world has ever seen; following wild birds, horses and other animals on their journeys; and giving glimpses of the people working in the fields. I was deeply moved to learn that Lamorisse sadly perished during the shooting of the last scenes when his helicopter crashed into the reservoir of the Karaj Dam.. His widow and son completed the film, based on his production notes, while his airborne camera footage was edited by Mehrdad Azarmi. The Lover’s Wind is translated into Saba Wind in Persian. A saba wind is a gentle wind that blows from the northeast, symbolizing the whispers of lovers.
“The veins of rain-soaked leaves reflecting in the sky.”
“..Lamorisse.. really was a remarkable artist: one of the cinema’s best poets and a fearless explorer of the scary and exhilarating outbacks of the imagination.”
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