Ebrahim Golestan b. 1922
The Crown Jewels of Iran (1965)
The Iranian Crown Jewels, commissioned and then banned by the Shah's cultural ministry, but that film attacked the very elitism that subsumes this one. The print being shown is badly faded, but the period ambience is still vivid, commissioned and then banned by the shah's cultural ministry, is a formally dazzling and politically provocative brief on its subject.