Italian neorealism with French New Wave flourishes encapsulate the formalist designs of 'The Cow', a bleak portrait of the harsh socio-economic repression felt by those living in the rural community of Iran. Shrouded in Persian mysticism, The Cow is a statement of the degradation ultimately felt by those living in rural communities, exhibiting the countless anxieties and vulnerabilities which poverty places on those left behind by a self-congratulatory regime thats push towards modernity is deeply rooted in propaganda. Allegorical in its design, 'The Cow' features a simple narrative with grandiose aspirations, thematically revealing the razor-thin margins which exist between despair and salvation for those on the fringes. Through its simple tale of a rural man and his prized cow, Dariush Mehrjui's artistic vision provides a salient and prescient story in which mysticism and documentary-like realism speak truth to power in pre-revolutionary Iran in which the clash between modernity and tradition was orchestrated with sweeping force.
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