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Once Upon a Time, Cinema (1992)
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Once Upon a Time, Cinema (1992)
Original name: ناصرالدین شاه، آکتور سینما
Genre: Comedy, Drama, History
Country: Iran
Duration: 92 min.
Story: This film was made in Iran. The protagonist looks almost like Charlie Chaplain. He is given a chance to make films for the emperor. There are many scenes of people running on and off of movie screens, and in and out of old kinetiscope projectors. Some people might find this erratic, and tedious, but it helps project an idea of fantasy, or forgetting about ones problems, becoming engrossed in a film.
Style: humorous, semi serious, realistic, cynical, witty, clever, offbeat, biting, suspense
Plot: filmmaking, artists and showbiz, celebrity culture, politics, filmmaker, satire, censorship, starlet, movie camera, cinematographer, couple relations, society, lifestyle, wizards and magicians, love, harem, male female relationship, charlie chaplin, flash forward, film history, surrealism, symbolism, iranian, guillotine, flashback ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, turn of the century
Place: iran, tehran iran

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Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
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Duration: 118 min.
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Country: USA
Duration: 113 min.
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Duration: 98 min.
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Duration: 90 min.
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Duration: 101 min.
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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Country: USA
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50%
 5.5
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Duration: 91 min.
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49%
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Country: Czech Republic
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