If you watched the 85th Academy Awards last night, you know that the award for Best Motion Picture of the Year was awarded to Argo, a film dramatizing real events when CIA Operative Tony Mendez led the rescue of six U.S. diplomats from Tehran, Iran, during the 1979 Iran hostage situation. Below, we will hear from geopolitical suspense author Joel C Rosenberg as he explains why this film is such a groundbreaking achievement.
I loved Lincoln and was grateful that Daniel Day Lewis won Best Actor for his stunning portrayal of our greatest American president (and who knew Daniel was so funny?). Despite some of Lincoln’s historical flaws (which should be corrected before being released on DVD), I thought Steven Spielberg should have won Best Director.
That said, I believed Argo was going to win the big prize and was thrilled to see it happen. The film has its own flaws, some historical, and not the least of which was the foul language which earned it an “R” rating. But as I Tweeted out last night, it’s an important film. It is the first serious major motion picture to take Americans and the world inside the fanaticism of the Islamic Revolution of 1979. It is the first serious film to show how badly the Carter White House and the CIA leadership misunderstood the nature and threat of the evil that was unfolding in Iran at the time. It effectively portrays how terrifying it is to see a Middle Eastern nation implode and how scary it can be for us and our allies when the American government looks or acts weak and/or indecisive … To read more, visit Joel’s blog .
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