A group of Iranian cineastes visited Ayatollah Abdollah Javadi Amoli in his office in Qom on Wednesday. The group included Majid Majidi, Reza Mirkarimki, Mohammad-Mehdi Asgarpur, Mohammad-Mehdi Heidarian, Mohammad Davudi and several other cineastes, Persian press reported on Thursday. Ayatollah Javadi Amoli asked the cineastes to discard the terms of 'play' and 'acting' from the art literature.
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"It is a shame if art and artists are associated with the terms 'plays' and
'acting', because the people who invented these art forms sought only frivolity
in them and nothing else," Ayatollah Javadi Amoli
told the cineastes during the meeting.
"Frivolity is an imaginary, fleeting, pointless pleasure, while it is our belief that no endeavor should be aimless," he added.
"Remove the terms play and acting from the art literature; it is shameful that art is polluted with these terms," he noted.
He asked the cineastes to create productions that would be able to inspire people's wisdom and imagination, then their eyes and ears would confirm the subjects presented in the productions.
"If we want to have our own audiences ask us questions, accompany us in growth of their wisdom and both we and they want to find pleasure in this process, then we should give them productions with challenging topics that are both deep and comprehensible," Javadi Amoli explained.
A number of the cineastes also delivered speeches during the visit.
"For a long time, even in the universities, there has been no opportunity for discussion of theoretical subjects in the art and culture fields in a manner so as to find answers to specific questions," Asgarpur remarked.
"Thus, we are not able to clarify problems and consequently, to find solutions in these fields," he added.
"In the definition of art in the developed countries, whatever creates liveliness for them would turn into misery for us," he noted.
"In those countries, there is a variety of views on what is lively. Of course, we do not want to have only a single ruler of art in our country based on a Communistic style," said Asgarpur, who as Iran's House of Cinema managing director, led a delegation in their visit to Hollywood in October 2009.
"Art is a powerful weapon in our hand," Oscar-nominated filmmaker Majidi said.
"We can have many things to say to the world through lofty religious teachings, but we have not been able to do so due to a superficial understanding of those teachings," he added.
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