Legends form around artists who lived short lives, especially if they left us with only a small amount of work. Forugh Farrokhzad, the beloved Iranian poet, has only one film with which to judge her stature as a film artist, but she spent most of her career pouring out pages of extraordinary poetry before she was killed in a car crash at the age of 32. There are glaring similarities between Farrokhzad's impassioned, sensitive poetry and the ethereal rage of The House Is Black (1963). But the true link between the artist's two forms is her radical spirit, which not only fueled her politics and work but also the honesty and compassion in her approach to both.
Circulated online is a copy of The House Is Black that, through its poor qual