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Iran says Oscar-winning Argo "not valuable artistically": minister

English.news.cn   2013-02-26 22:53:37            

TEHRAN, Feb. 26 (Xinhua) -- The Oscar-winning "anti-Iran" Argo is not "artistically valuable," local media reported Tuesday, quoting Iranian Minister of Culture and the Islamic Guidance, Seyed Mohammad Hosseini.

"This film is against Iran and artistically invalid," Hosseini was quoted as saying by official IRNA news agency.

Argo got the Oscar honor because of "large-scale propagation campaign" and "massive investment," the Iranian minister said, adding that the Hollywood did this to globally attract the attention of the people.

Argo is a 2012 American film in which six of U.S. diplomats are represented escaping from Iran following the 1979 U.S. embassy seizure in Tehran by supporters of the Islamic establishment. In the incident which was followed by a hostage-taking crisis and disruption of the Iran-U.S. diplomatic ties, 52 American diplomats and embassy staff were held hostage for 444 days in Iran.

The movie has won several international awards, including the Oscar on Monday. The U.S. first lady Michelle Obama announced the Best Picture Oscar for Argo by video appearance from the White House.

On Tuesday, most of Iranian daily newspapers allocated a column to Argo as the Oscar-winning film and almost unanimously undermined its artistic mastery and drew on its political motivation.

The conservative Kayhan newspaper said Tuesday that by selecting Argo as the best film, the Oscar institution proved that it is "at the service of the arrogant rulers" in the world.

Also, the reformist Etemad newspaper drew upon the process of awarding the films in the Oscar event in 2013 and wrote that "Argo the Winner of a Dull Game."

Most of the Western films are neither screened in Iranian theaters nor can be reached via electronic social network, but bootleg DVDs of those films are available in the illegal market soon after they are posted on the web which can be bypassed by VPN software.

As a means to protect the Iranian cultural heritage, the Islamic republic has long been fighting against the West's influence which it has termed as "the cultural invasion" or "soft cultural war" against the national and Islamic values.

On June 6, 2102, Hosseini underlined the necessity of cooperation among the regional countries to stand against the Western "cultural invasion and domination," according to semi- official Fars news agency.

"The Americans seek to continue their political hegemony by means of cultural and art productions," Hosseini said during a meeting with his Russian counterpart on the sidelines of the 9th Shanghai Cooperation Organization in Beijing.

Editor: Mu Xuequan
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