Iran insulted over 300 movie portrayal

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Iran insulted over 300 movie portrayal

Well this is fun.

An Iranian official on Sunday lashed out at the Hollywood movie "300" for insulting the Persian civilization, local Fars News Agency reported.

Javad Shamqadri, an art advisor to President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, accused the new movie of being "part of a comprehensive U.S. psychological war aimed at Iranian culture", said the report.

Shamqadri was quoted as saying "following the Islamic Revolution in Iran, Hollywood and cultural authorities in the U.S. initiated studies to figure out how to attack Iranian culture," adding "certainly, the recent movie is a product of such studies."

The movie's effort wound be fruitless, because "values in Iranian culture and the Islamic Revolution are too strongly seated to be damaged by such plans", said the Iranin official.

Shamqadri, who is also a filmmaker, said that production of more domestic and artistic films which portray Iranian achievements is a proper response to movies like "300".

"300," an ancient epic about the famous Battle of Thermopylae in Greek history, set a new record at the box office in North America this weekend.

The Warner Bros. adaptation of the 480 B.C. battle took an estimated 70 million U.S. dollars in its debut weekend, according to figures released on Sunday by Los Angeles-based box office track firm Media by Numbers.

The R-rated film, based on comic book writer Frank Miller's graphic novel, tells the story that an army of 300 Spartan warriors led by their king Leonidas fought to the death to delay a massive Persian army's invasion, so that the Greeks could reorganize a counterattack.
By netchicken: posted on 13-3-2007

Shamqadri is a little in error on a couple of things.

Considering Hollywood does all it can to undermine any republican administration his assertion that this is a propaganda piece is really out of touch with reality.

There is also no need in such activity even if it was possible to get Leftywood to go along with it. After all, who needs to create anything more since we already have the best example of Iran being a danger to the West: Ahmadinejad!
By Thomas_Crowne: posted on 13-3-2007

I thought the Iranians of today disavow their "pagan" Persian heritage. I dont think the fundamentalists see the Zoroastrian Xerexus with any deference .

The whole film is inspired by Frank Millers comics, which by themselves are quite imaginative I doubt that a motion picture based on them could be anywhere close to being accurate historically. I doubt hollywood actually cares about the historical accuracy in any of its movies. Take Gladiator or Troy. All of them are over the top renditions that are far from facts.
By IAF: posted on 18-3-2007

Look, you are talking about a bunch who can get worked up over cartoons.
Logic need not apply; when you are trying to throw bombs at the U.S. even a Hollywood movie based on a cartoon will suffice! :sc
By Thomas_Crowne: posted on 18-3-2007

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