Hamid Samandarian

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Hamid Samandarian
حمید سمندریان
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Hamid Samandarian (front), beside Philip Volti, the previous Swiss ambassador to Iran
Born(1931-05-06)May 6, 1931
DiedJuly 12, 2012(2012-07-12) (aged 81)
Tehran, Iran
Occupation Film director, theatre director, screenwriter, playwright, translator
Spouse(s) Homa Rousta (m. 19722012, his death)
ChildrenKaveh (born 1975)

Hamid Samandarian Persian : حمید سمندریان; May 6, 1931 July 12, 2012) was an Iranian film and theater director and translator. [1] He staged numerous dramas during his lifetime, including No Exit by Jean-Paul Sartre, Ghosts by Henrik Ibsen, The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams and Marriage of Mr. Mississippi by Friedrich Durrenmatt. [2]

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Having established many acting and directing classes and workshops, Samandarian trained a lot of Iranian talents as actors and directors including; Ezzatolah Entezami, Reza Kianian, Golab Adineh, Mehdi Hashemi, Shahab Hosseini, Hojjat Baqaee٫ Parviz Poorhosseini, Ahmad Aghalou, etc. [3] He married Homa Rousta, an Iranian film and theater actress.

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Many of his translations are published to Persian readership. Other than translations, some interviews with Samandarian are published. One book-length instance is in sahne khaneye man ast ("This Stage is my House"). [5] He is also one of the directors whose talks are included in Ahmad Kamyabi Mask's important Qu'a-t-on fait de Rhinocéros d'Eugène Ionesco à travers le monde?: Allemagne, France, Roumanie, Iran, Japon, U.S.A..

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  1. "Veteran Iranian director Hamid Samandarian dies at 81".
  2. "Veteran Iranian director Hamid Samandarian dies aged 81".
  3. "Hamid Samandarian dies at 81". -(Persian)
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