Massoud Farasati

Massoud Farassati (also spelled Farasati or Ferasati, Persian: مسعود فراستی) is an Iranian film critic. He used to regularly appear in the Iranian State Television programme Haft, hosted by Fereydoun Jeyrani and later by Behrouz Afkhami.[1] He has published anthologies of writings about such classical filmmakers as Charlie Chaplin, John Ford, Alfred Hitchcock, Federico Fellini, Akira Kurosawa and Ingmar Bergman in Persian.

Massoud Farassati
Masoud Ferasati at the meeting with Ali Khamenei 01.jpg
Born1951 (age 71–72)
Alma mater
OccupationFilm critic
Notable workThe Joy of Criticism
Political partyLaborers’ Party of Iran (1979–81)


According to Saeed Kamali Dehghan of The Guardian, his views are close to those of the Iranian government.[2] He is a harshly dismissive of Abbas Kiarostami's works.[3] Farassati uses the terms Siahnamayi and Festival Cinema (Persian: سینمای جشنواره‌ای) to describe films he deems "exotic" to foreign audience and of only seeking to win awards in the West. As of today, Ferassati appears on the show 'Ketab Baaz' with views regarding diverse subjects [4]

Favourite moviesEdit

  1. Vertigo | Alfred Hitchcock
  2. Saraband | Ingmar Bergman
  3. Army of Shadows | Jean-Pierre Melville
  4. Rio Bravo | Howard Hawks
  5. The Searchers | John Ford
  6. Detective Story | William Wyler
  7. Love in the Afternoon | Billy Wilder
  8. The Wrong Man | Alfred Hitchcock
  9. The Shop Around the Corner | Ernst Lubitsch
  10. Cries and Whispers | Ingmar Bergman


  1. ^ Alipour, Zahra (3 October 2016). "Celebrated abroad, Oscar-winning Iranian director comes under fire at home". Al-Monitor. Retrieved 12 January 2017.
  2. ^ Saeed, Kamal Dehghan (27 February 2012). "Oscar success of A Separation celebrated back home in Iran". Guardian. Retrieved 20 February 2017.
  3. ^ Hamid Dabashi (2007). Masters & Masterpieces of Iranian Cinema. Mage Publishers. p. 287. ISBN 0-934211-85-X.
  4. ^ Shahab Esfandiary (2012). Iranian Cinema and Globalization: National, Transnational, and Islamic Dimensions. Intellect Books. pp. 73–74. ISBN 978-1-84150-470-4.