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1970's Iran documented by French director, Albert Lamorisse

'A well- known French filmmaker, Albert Lamorisse, under the auspices of Iran's Ministry of Culture and Art, produced the poetic film "Lovers' Wind" (1969). Eighty-five percent of this dramatically visual film is shot from a helicopter, providing a kaleidoscopic view of the vast expanses, natural beauty, historical monuments, cities and villages of Iran. The "narrators" of the film are the various winds (the warm, crimson, evil and lovers' winds), which accord- ing to folklore, inhabit Iran. They sweep the viewers from place to place across the Iranian landscape, introducing the incredible variety of life and scenery in Iran. The camera, defying gravity, with smoothness and agility, provides a bird's eye view, caressing minarets and domes, peek- ing over mountain tops beyond, gliding over remote villages to reveal the life enclosed within the high mud-brick walls, bouncing along with the local wildlife, following the rhyth- mic, sinuous flow of the oil pipelines and train tracks, and hovering over the mirror-like nmosaic of the rice paddies that reflect the clouds and sky. The film is a testimonial to the Iranian landscape and people over which so many dynasties and kings have ruled and have, in turn, passed away. Ironically, on the tenth anniversarv of the completion of the film, yet another seem- ingly powerful dynasty (Pahlavi) has fallen, leaving, as the film points out, the land and the migrating tribal nomads who have survived more or less intact for centuries. Upon completion of the film, the Ministry of Culture and Art decided that Lamorisse had not sufficiently emphasized the industrialization of Iran. So he was called back to film additional sequences documenting that progress. This task was never completed, because the helicopter crashed while filming the Karaj Dam near Tehran, plunging Lamorisse and his crew to their deaths. This film, whose storybrook style of narration is often contrived, does not purport to be a social document on Iran; nevertheless, it has never been shown publicly in theaters in Iran.' -- Hamid Naficy


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... of initiatives to introduce Iran to the rest of the world.

David Frost was also commissioned to produce a film on the history of Iran, called 'Cross Road of Civilization'.  His film company David Paradine Films surveyd Iran in 1976 and by the time they completed the project, the turmoil in Iran had started and so the content which included the Pahlavi Dynasty became irrelevant. 

Italian photographer, Roloff Beny also commissioned to produce two large high quality picture books on Iran, "Persia, Bridge of Turquois" and "Iran, Elements of Destiny".  Both were published in 1975 and were used by expats as gifts to their friends in Europe and N. America.  The Persian edition of these books arrived in Iran just the as Revolution was in full swing.  For years they were stored in a warehouse at Tehran University.  Soon it was realized that there is a demand for these highly praised books and they began to make their way out of Iran. Many had the pages related to the Pahlavi Dynasti removed.  These books are rare finds and if you happen to find one, I highly recommend getting it.

And last but not least, A Survey of Persian Handicraft, by Jay Gluck, was another large high quality book filled with exquisite photos that was published under the patronage of the Pahlavis.  This book was formatted to match the monumental work of Arthur Upham Pope's Survery of Persian Art, in 18 vols.