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The Yellow Curtain2017

  • 4.0
In the 1970s, Iran seemingly had everything. U.S. President, Jimmy Carter called it "an island of stability" in a visit. Yet, only two years later, in the winter of 1979, a revolution occurred. The Shah of Iran was overthrown and the Islamic Republic was established. It was a major change, a complete switch of power. The Yellow Curtain interweaves the stories of three men around this sensitive time in history--persecuted Persian author, Gholamhossein Saedi, one of his fictional characters, Mansour, and the filmmaker's own grandfather, who worked directly under the Shah. Through a juxtaposition of the grandfather's personal photographs and the words of Saedi, the film examines several lives turned upside down; and in one rare case, a life turned right side up.

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Worthwhile if the viewer happens to be aware of prior circumstances, ie the Shah's (with a little help from his, and British Petroleum's, friends) removal of democratically elected Mossadegh in 1953–absent that, the film does nothing except perhaps reenforce the average westerner's misapprehensions .

The Iranian revolution (from the late 1970's) is recalled through the lives of 3 men. Persian author, Gholamhossein Saedi, a fictional character, Mansour, and the filmmaker's own grandfather, who worked for the Shah.

An injustice most likely saved the life of the grandfather (who tells his own story). The filmmaker has vague memories of intellectual conversations through a yellow curtain pre-revolution.