Syriana - 2005
Directed by Stephen Gaghan
This quickly paced, multi-layered movie focusing on the United State's involvement in the Middle East has more than its fair share of references to Iran. The film's opening sequence even takes place in Tehran with George Clooney speaking accented Farsi.
Color, 2 hours 6 minutes, English/Arabic/Farsi
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The movie opens with a shot of Tehran and the surrounding Alborz Mountain Range.
A side of Iran unfamiliar to most US audiences as a young woman changes from her "inside" clothes to her "outside" clothes.
After donning a chador, the women ditches her high heels for more appropriate footwear.
Amongst a haze of drugs and alcohol, youth of the opposite sex freely socialize at a Tehran party.
A Condoleezza-esque official lectures George Clooney's character (a CIA operative loosely based on real-life agent Robert Baer) on his progress in "Eyeran."
Matt Damon's Analyst character comments on the effect of Iranian nuclear negotiations on the price of crude oil.
At a gathering of The Committee for the Liberation of Iran or C.L.I., a thinly veiled group of American oilmen hoping to gain access to Iranian oil fields. They have adapted the pre-revolutionary symbol of the Shir o Shamshir va Khorshid (Lion, Sword and Sun).
The meaning behind Damon's throw-away line is likely lost on most US audiences, "...like Mossadeq in '52 in Iran. A real democracy rising up organically..."
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