Iran is to make its own movie about the American hostage drama during the 1979 Islamic revolution to counter the "distorted" movie Argo by , which swept the Golden Globe Awards.
According to CNN, Iranian actor and filmmaker Ataollah Salmanian was quoted in the reports as saying the screenplay for the Iranian movie was ready for production. The draft of the movie, titled Setad Moshtarak (The General Staff), has been approved by Iran's art center and it awaits the budget to start shooting. Here's the lowdown:
The movie is about 20 American hostages who were handed over to the US embassy by Iranian revolutionaries at the beginning of the (Islamic) revolution. This movie... can be an appropriate response to distorted movies such as Argo.
On November 4, 1979, Iranian Islamist students stormed the US embassy in Tehran and took American diplomats hostage, holding them for 444 days in an action that caused the rupture of diplomatic ties between Washington and Tehran. Argo chronicles the hostage drama, with Affleck playing a CIA agent who rescues six US diplomats from the Canadian ambassador's residence in Tehran.
The movie, which has been banned in Iran, has been accused of taking liberties with history. That didn't seem to bother Affleck, who described suggestions that Iran is planning a movie telling the other side of the 1979-81 hostage crisis as a 'badge of honour' for his critically acclaimed drama.
Of course, Argo is over the top, patriotic, and exaggerated. But Iran would have a better case for saying the filmmakers got it totally wrong if they could say things in Iran are totally different today. Plus, I would be more eagerly anticipating an Iranian movie that didn't label itself as a riposte to another film.
What do you think of the response movie? Stupid idea? Justified? Did you think Argo was any good? Let us know what you think of both movies by sounding off in the comment section below.