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Emperor Norton

A good movie!

Posted on 2008.02.18 at 18:14
Current Music: Jeremiah Lockwood - Baby What You Want Me to Do
Stefanie and I saw Persepolis Saturday night. We really liked it! I thought that the pacing was better than in the graphic novel, and it is kind of important, in my humble opinion, for Americans to see a movie about life in Iran right now. Anyone else see it?

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Myp3uK
sputnik5 at 2008-02-19 01:31 (UTC) (Link)
Yes! Probably one of my favorite movies this year! She does a beautiful job of intertwining the personal and the historical.
Release the Kraken!
delerium69 at 2008-02-19 05:44 (UTC) (Link)
Yes, and I thought M. Satrapi did a great job re-imagining it as a screenplay. Although I don't recall having a problem with the pacing of the comic.

I've always had this odd feeling that I could relate to her simply because she and I are the same age. Suddenly, all of those ugly feelings I was taught to have towards Iran during the hostage crisis as a ten-year-old seemed misplaced in a way I cannot explain. Perhaps if I meditate on the subject a bit more I can articulate it properly.

I actually met her once at a book signing and even though I wanted to say something interesting when I walked up to her, all I could do was compliment her on her shoes. To be fair, they were pretty fabulous shoes, and well, I like cool shoes.
Jonathan
theservant at 2008-02-19 05:53 (UTC) (Link)
Shoes are good.
I guess by the pacing I thought that in the second volume there was a little bit too much time spent on introspection and her life in Vienna. That is interesting, but what, I think, makes the work important, especially now, is stuff about what Iran is like, who these Iranians are, how they live, etc.
One thing I would love to hear her talk about is the... I don't know how to put it, but the relatively high position that Iranian women have as opposed to in other fundamentalist-ruled countries. I mean, not to minimize their plight, or their oppression, but Iranian women have opportunities and rights that women in Saudi Arabia or Taliban-controlled areas couldn't dream of.
Release the Kraken!
delerium69 at 2008-02-20 18:34 (UTC) (Link)
Interesting. For me, I viewed it as a important time that shaped her in ways that deeply affected her approach to life when she moved back to Iran, and ultimately made it impossible for her to continue living and working there and necessitating her return to Europe. But you are correct; Iranian women, despite living under strict Islamic law and being second-class citizens, still have stronger position in society than some women in other equally strict Islamic states. It's a bit of a paradox.

Did you happen to catch her on Tavis Smiley a couple of weeks ago? She said she felt those who chose to stay in Iran were much braver than her.
Jonathan
theservant at 2008-02-20 18:52 (UTC) (Link)
I didn't see that. I will have to watch out for a repeat or something.
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