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Old 03-22-2007, 10:48 AM   #1
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Iran Protests "300" at the UN

Having seen the movie, I could understand why an Iranian might get a little upset. But it seems strange that the Iranian government seem to be accusing the US government of making this movie, and not a director and movie studio. And to protest the movie at the UN seems almost laughable - as if George W was King Leonidas (if only that was true).


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Iran's mission to the UN has in a press release protested the Movie 300, saying it is full of deliberate distortions and derogatory depictions of ancient Persia.


Islamic Republic News Agency - Thursday March 22, 2007



The full text of the press release is as follows:
"Mission of Islamic Republic of Iran To The United Nations -New York "In The Name Of GOD
Press Release Regarding the Movie 300
"Mission of The Islamic Republic of Iran to The United Nations has issued the following statement regarding the movie "300"
"The Iranian people are outraged by the movie produced by the Warner Brothers Studio titled "300" purportedly about an epic battle fought between the Persian and Greek armies in 480 B.C., but which is full of deliberate distortions and derogatory depictions of ancient Persia.

"With its crude demonization of Persians ,as the embodiment of evil, moral corruption, the nefarious and the destructive, the movie is a serious affront to both history and the proud Iranian people.

"While recognizing that this is not a docudrama and its content is largely fictionalized ,that it is a "fantasy "version of a historical past, nonetheless it seems judicious to investigate why the film fails to convey a bare minimum truth about Iranian history and indulges in inventing perverse, demonic images of Persians? "The movie is so overly racist, so overflowing with vicious stereotype of Persians, as a dangerous, bestial force fatally threatening the civilized "free" world, that conveys an implicit acquiescence to the contemporary discourses of hatred espousing a `clash of civilizations.'
"Indeed, the movie's distorted fabrications about the Persians cannot be isolated from the current concerted efforts by certain Western interest circles to systematically demonize the Iranian nation. The movie's slavish imitation of the anti-Iran discourses by those circles is inextricably tied up with its voice-over metaphoric thrust, reflecting a subtle propaganda that feels no obligation to respecting the sensibilities of the Iranian people. Although it may fit within the demands of the hegemonic policies, in today's globalized context this movie is bound to incite righteous rage by millions of people who can see through its peculiar, biased representation of a historical past the excesses of a hate ideology over form.

"What explains the movie's repeat references to "Persian slaves" while omitting any hint that Sparta at the time was thriving in slavery and that, per the account of Greek historians, Herodotus and Plutarch, the Spartan slaves known as Helots fought in the battles against Persians According to the historian Peter Hunt, "That greater number of Helots, whom Spartans called their "slaves", also did defending Greece puts the noble struggle for freedom in a different light." On Sparta, Plutarch has written: "There is nothing to match either the freedom of the free at Sparta or the slavery of the slave".

The movie faithfully depicts the Spartans 'attire, e.g., their distinctive red cloaks, but fails to do so for the Persians, this when there are ample pictorial and narrative descriptions of how the Persian kings and their soldiers dressed. All the film's producers needed to do was to consult Herodotus `account of the Immortal Guards, a "body of picked Persian troops" whose attire bore no resemblance to the evil forces shown in 300: "First the Persians themselves: the dress of their troops consisted of the tiara, or soft felt cap, embroidered tunic with sleeves, a coat of mail looking like the scales of a fish, with trousers; for arms they carried large wicker shields, quivers slung below them, short spears, powerful bows, with cane arrows, and daggers swinging from belts beside the right thigh".

"History is an acquired, learnt activity and the power of cinematic medium to provide us with historical insights into traumatic events only means that distorting the image of Iranians should not be a tool to sell tickets. It is like re-writing history with poison.

"In short, the movie's exploitation of ancient history to launch a thinly-veiled attack on Iranian history and identity is both harshly unfair and morally suspect."
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as if George W was King Leonidas (if only that was true).
But without his head ending up on a pole, right?
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Re: Iran Protests "300" at the UN

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But it seems strange that the Iranian government seem to be accusing the US government of making this movie, and not a director and movie studio.
That's because the Iranian government has its hand in everything over there so it expects the U.S. government to have the same power.
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seeing it on Friday!

can't wait for the most homoerotic movie since Top Gun.

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seeing it on Friday!

can't wait for the most homoerotic movie since Top Gun.
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Where'd you hear that?
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seeing it on Friday!

can't wait for the most homoerotic movie since Top Gun.


I can picture you sitting there doing this.

LOL enjoy the movie. Best movie of the year so far.
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The Iranian president has publicily denied the Holocaust. Do these same people have a problem with their president's "deliberate distortion" of history?
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The Iranian president has publicily denied the Holocaust. Do these same people have a problem with their president's "deliberate distortion" of history?

Ooooooo. Good one.

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Where'd you hear that?


from people who have seen it.

it's been termed "gym bears" vs. "disco queens." gay-on-gay violence.

i'm not much for violence, but i figure a few beers will take the edge off and i'll just enjoy the scenery.
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seeing it on Friday!

can't wait for the most homoerotic movie since Top Gun.

lower your expectations

i found it very forgetable
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Re: Iran Protests "300" at the UN

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Having seen the movie



You seem to have enjoyed the movie.

What is your opinion of how the Spartan culture, belief system, and values were depicted?
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the acting and dialogue are horrendous but it is very pretty to look at.
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The press release is in accompaniment to the protest the Iranian Academy of Arts filed a few days ago with UNESCO (the UN's education, science and culture organization, which among other things is charged with supporting the preservation of culture through the arts, and gives out various awards for artistic achievements including cinema). It's not like filing a motion with the General Assembly or something.
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Re: Re: Iran Protests "300" at the UN

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You seem to have enjoyed the movie.

What is your opinion of how the Spartan culture, belief system, and values were depicted?
Sparta had one of the earliest forms of democracy, that was about the best I can say for their culture.

I thought "Gates of Fire" by Steven Pressfield, a historical fiction masterpiece, was more entertaining than "300."

I enjoy most last stand/underdog/Alamo type of movies. I also enjoy movies that don't constantly rant about how evil Western Civilization is.
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