Dariush Mehrjui

Dariush Mehrju'i (Persian: داریوش مهرجویی ‎, born 8 December 1939 in Tehran), also spelled as Mehrjui, Mehrjoui, and Mehrjuyi, is an Iranian director, screenwriter, producer, and film editor. Mehrjui was a founding member of the Iranian New Wave movement of the early 1970s. His second film Gaav is considered to be the first film of this movement, which also included Masoud Kimiai and Nasser Taqvai. Most of his films are inspired by literature and adapted from Iranian and foreign novels and plays. Dariush Mehrjui was born to a middle class family in Tehran. He showed interest in painting miniatures, music, and playing santoor and piano. He spent a lot of time going to the movies, particularly American films which were un-dubbed and inter-spliced with explanatory title cards that explained the plot throughout the films. At this time Mehrjui started to learn English so as to better enjoy the films. The film that had the strongest impact on him as a child was Vittorio De Sica's Bicycle Thieves. At the age of 12 Mehrjui built a 35mm projector, rented two-reel films and began selling tickets to his neighborhood friends.

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