Iran to Sue Hollywood Over 'Argo'?

| by Sarah Fruchtnicht
Iran to sue Hollywood over portrayal in "Argo"Iran to sue Hollywood over portrayal in "Argo"

Calling it an “unrealistic portrayal” of Iran, authorities are planning to sue Hollywood over the Oscar-winning film “Argo,” state media reported Tuesday.

Iranian cultural officials and movie critics viewed the film in a private screening in Tehran late Monday.

French attorney Isabelle Coutant-Pyre is helping Iranian officials learn how and where to file the lawsuit, according to the AP.

“Argo” depicts the 1979 incident in Tehran when the U.S. Embassy was stormed and 52 Americans were taken hostage. The film portrays six Americans who evaded capture and hid in the home of the Canadian Ambassador and the CIA officials charged with getting them safely out of Iran.

After the film won the Best Picture Oscar in February, Iran dismissed the film as pro-CIA, anti-Iranian propaganda. They claimed the Oscar was "politically motivated" and cited the fact that Michelle Obama presented the best picture award via video link.

More moderate media like the Hamshahri newspaper were less critical of the film and said it was worth seeing for Iranians who wished to expose themselves to a different perspective on the events leading up to the collapse of Iran’s relationship with the U.S.

Commentary in the newspaper read, “Iranian audiences are seeing a new version of the events for the first time. This has been a weak point for our TV and cinema industry, which has not produced anything about the (U.S. Embassy takeover) after more than three decades."

Source: Fox News