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Argo satirises the events of the Iran hostage crisis, yet, despite being branded 'an offensive act' and added to a list of 'anti-Iranian' films, Affleck's approach is strangely apologetic

In December 1979, a handmade placard outside the occupied Us embassy in Tehran read: "As an Iranian I want you corresponders + journalists + film-takers [to] tell the truth to the world." Whatever the truths of the Iranian revolution – most would agree it began as a popular uprising driven in part by plausible claims against Us policies – film-makers addressing its aftermath from inside Iran have had to depend on allegorical techniques, while those free to address it less obliquely from abroad have had much read into their motives.

Iran's rulers regard foreign productions on Iranian subjects – whether by émigrés or non-Iranians – with prejudice. Warnings of "soft war" and "psychological warfare" waged through culture and entertainment are a recurring theme in Iranian state media. Such »

- Roland Elliott Brown

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