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Iran Declares War on Hollywood
by Mark Tapson
In response to last year's Oscar-winning film Argo, based on the real-life rescue of a handful of American citizens during the 1979 Iranian Revolution, Tehran plans to sue Hollywood filmmakers who participate in the production of such "anti-Iran" propaganda films.
In the movie, in which director Ben Affleck also plays the lead role, Iranian officials are shown being outwitted by an elaborate CIA plan to camouflage the U.S. diplomats fleeing the country as part of a team scouting locations for an outlandish science-fiction film.
Iranian authorities have labeled Argo a propaganda attack against their nation and humanity. The country's state-run broadcaster Press TV complains that the film is "a far cry from a balanced narration" and is "replete with historical inaccuracies and distortions." The film was banned from the general public – not that this accomplished anything, since an estimated "several hundred thousand copies" have been sold by DVD bootleggers who say it's their biggest seller in years. As an additional measure, Iranian officials held a private screening of Argo as part of a conference called "The Hoax of Hollywood" and called it a "violation of international cultural norms," whatever those are.
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