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The movie “Argo” stood out as a meaningful work amidst a myriad formula-driven Hollywood concoctions. Now, that is not to say that the true story behind Argo wasn’t embellished for entertainment purposes. It was. But neither movie-goers nor critics seemed to mind and the film became one of the more understated successes of the 2012 box-office.
For those not familiar, Argo centers around the 1980 joint CIA-Canadian operation to funnel six escaped American hostages out of Iran following the deposition of the Shah.
Since Argo poses, at least in the minds of Iranian leaders, bad PR, the country’s Art Bureau, which, not surprisingly is affiliated with the Islamic Ideology Dissemination Organization, has now been placed in charge of creating its own “Argo.” This one a movie titled, “The General Staff
,” which, according to director Ataollah Salmanian, “is about the 20 American hostages who were delivered to the U.S. by the revolutionaries.”
“This film, which will be a big production, should be an appropriate response to the ahistoric film ‘Argo’,” he told the Persian news service MNA.
Slamanian claims he used eyewitness accounts to produce the screenplay and said that shooting would begin next year if the necessary funding is provided by the Art Bureau. According to the Times of Tehran, Argo is considered an “anti-Iranian” film.
Iranian screenwriter Farhad Tohidi also announced his plan to write a TV series about the seizure of the U.S. embassy in 1979 titled, “The Broken Paw.”
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