GAUCHE CAVIAR: Ebrahim Golestan interviewed by Massoud Behnoud (BBC Persian)


GAUCHE CAVIAR: Ebrahim Golestan interviewed by Massoud Behnoud (BBC Persian)
by Darius Kadivar

Interviewed in a luxurious setting of a British mansion ( his Home ?), Filmmaker Ebrahim Golestan confesses that watching the Shah's Coronation on TV back in 1967 made him to literally "Vomit". Well I guess his own brother Shahrokh is to blame for he was in charge of filming it as well as the Persepolis celebrations of October 1971 honoring 25 centuries of Iranian Monarchy.

I really don't know how to qualify this interview ? ...

Personally I got a similar Nausea listening to some of Golestan's responses ( ranging from belittiling the Shahnameh to defending Ahmadinejad's Nucleare Stance ) as he did watching his brother's film on the Shah's Coronation ...

Golestan is certainly a man of quality ( His son Kaveh was killed while filming the War in IRaq during the American led invasion) as much as the journalist Massoud Behnoud ( albeit quite Pro - Reform and Opposed to Regime Change) and a great filmmaker in his time but I cannot help but feel that this interview is nothing but that of a sycophantic journalist towards a Namak Nashnas, self indulgent, self pompous , and totally embittered man that makes me want to call back the Character Otto ( Kevin Kline) from the movie A Fish Called Wanda to the Rescue and demand his unreserved apology ...

I'd like to think that one should only have to blame some of Golestan's arrogant comments on his old age than anything else ...

I guess ageing doesn't make one wiser for that matter ... Even for a Gauche Caviar Intellectual enjoying the comfortable and luxurious settings of an English Mansion he calls home ...

You be the Judge ... 

Recommended Reading:

Ebrahim Golestan-Treasure of Pre-Revolutionary Iranian Cinema by Mehrnaz Saeed-Vafa

Recommended Watchings:

NAMAK-NASHNAS NOT: Jamshid (Jimmy) Delshad Greets Shahbanou Farah

Eminent Persians: the Men and Women Who Made Modern Iran, 1941-1979  a Conference by Abbas Milani Library of Congress

Ebrahim Golestan interviewed by Massoud Behnoud (BBC Persian) 

Part I:

Part II:

Fereydoun Farrokhzad ( brother of Forough) speaks about an Artists Intellectual Responsability and his Political activism:

Fereydoun Farrokhzad - Irani Boodan:

Shah and Shahbanou of Iran's coronation ( Photo Tribute):

Ebrahim Golestan Bio:

Ebrahim Golestan has been a pioneer in filmmaking and literature for more than half a century, with far-reaching influence on generations of Iranians in various fields of art. He has lived in Sussex, United Kingdom, since 1975. He is the father of Iranian photojournalist Kaveh Golestan, and Lili Golestan,translator and owner and artistic director of the Golestan Gallery in Tehran, Iran. His grandson, Mani Haghighi, is also a film director. His younger brother is filmmaker/Journalist Shahrokh Golestan who was in charge of filmming the Coronation Ceremonies of 1967 as well as the Persepolis Celebrations of 1971. 


Yek atash (1961)

Moj, marjan, khara (1962)

Khesht va Ayeneh (1965, aka Brick and Mirror)

Asrar ganj dareheye jenni (1974, aka The Ghost Valley's Treasure Mysteries)

Massoud Behnoud Bio: 

Massoud Behnoud, is a prominent Iranian journalist, historian and writer, was born on July 27, 1947 in Tehran. He started his work as a journalist in 1964. During his long career he worked as an investigating journalist for different newspapers. He founded more than 20 newspapers and magazines, none of them are currently in publication.

Masoud Behnoud currently lives in the UK working as a freelance journalist for a number of media organisations, mainly BBC Persian Service, for which he has worked for the past fourteen years. His debut in the west was the launch of ‘Khanoum’, by Pegasus Elliott McKenzie in November 2008. More Here

He has an English Weblog Here

Related Blogs:

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EMINENT PERSIANS: Abbas Veteran Photographer for MAGNUM (Interview June 2009)

EMINENT PERSIANS: Arash Derambarsh Future French President?

EMINENT PERSIANS: Henry Dallal Official photographer of Queen Elizabeth II

EMINENT PERSIANS: Music Conductor Alexander (Ali) Rahbari 

EMINENT PERSIANS: Poetess Parvin E'tesami Greets Iran's Crown Prince at Library (1940's)

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Farah Rusta

Dear Cheyenne

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You are right on the money my friend. As for Tudehi Englisi, they used to be known as Tudehi-haaye-Nafti - a reference to their anti-Mossadegh position during the oil nationalization crisis. I am not sure which one Mr Golestan belongs to: Tudehi Nafti or Nafti Tudehi?!!


Cheyenne in Once Upon a Time

Farah R.- Is it not the trade mark of all ex-Tudehies/ex-Commeis

by Cheyenne in Once Upon a Time on

to live comfortably and luxuriously in some cases in North America or in Western Europe and utter such charand-o-parand about the Shah, the West, and how immoral the Western democratic institutions are!? Are these guys/gals not the mother of all hypocrites?

Now, with respect to Ebrahim Golestan I thought I would never meet an Engelisee-Tudehi!? Jallal Khalegh!


Farah Rusta

توده‌ای هم توده‌ای‌های قدیم

Farah Rusta

یک عمر به یمن شهبانوی هنر پرور امثال گلستان و سایر کمونیست‌های خاویار خور را به این ملت بدبخت و آن شاه خوش قلب تحمیل کردند و حالا کمونیست اسبق در قصر خود در ییلاقات انگلستان نشسته و با ملیجک بی‌ بی‌ سی‌  (که افتخارش اینه که قجری هست) دل و قلوه به هم میدن و از زمان شاه انتقاد می‌کنن. بازم میگم خدا عمر شهبانو بده!!





unfortunately they do

by fozolie on


So many still believe the lies of the Left propagated by the BBC against the modernists in Iran. You only need look at this forum or what is going on in Iran to realize the main reason for Akhoonds' success is how deeply divided the ranks of secularists are. And the ancien regime has its share of blame because of the clampdown it helped build up these vile demagogues because there was no better. 


There is no such constraints on Iranians outside but because of how disorganized the 3.0 million or so are, somehow these people enjoy the platform which is totally undeserved in any other socieity. It is time to speak up and stop the lies in our name.


Mr. Fozolie


I don't think they matter

by benross on

I don't think they matter anymore... if they ever did. But I share his feelings. He makes me want to vomit too!


This is how you qualify it

by fozolie on

The so called Iranian "intelligensia" has no equinimity. Their behaviour and such false moral pretentions truly shows what is rotten about our society and culture.  As for Behnoud, this vile lier's appointment to the ANTI-IRANIAN-BBC-PERSIAN SERVICE completes this organisations takeover by the Left. Behonoud is vile because he is a lier.  He would not have been able to publish most of his works in any civilized society because they are slanderous. 

Mr. Fozolie


Put in and mix hatred,

by jamshid on

Put in and mix hatred, jealousy, ignorance, envy, more jelousy, narrow-mindedness, oghdeh and even more jealousy, and what you get out is the brains of folks like these Golestan.

Darius Kadivar

Thank You Joan !

by Darius Kadivar on

For your interest and continued support.

Warm Regards,


Joan ValaNejad

learning and processing...

by Joan ValaNejad on

Joan ValaNejad

Thanks again DK.  Your interactive use of pictory, background info, recommended links, etc., always interests and draws my attention. I always learn something new from your work and appreciate it.

Darius Kadivar

Ali P. Jaan !

by Darius Kadivar on

Your weclome Aziz !

Ali P.

DK jaan!

by Ali P. on

Thanks so much.