Coup 53

Obsessive and yet bracingly clear-minded, albeit anything but tidy, the film will enthrall documentary and history geeks.


Coup 53

While making a documentary about the CIA/MI6 coup in Iran in 1953, Iranian director Taghi Amirani and editor Walter Murch (Apocalypse Now, The Conversation, The English Patient) discover never seen before archive material hidden for decades. The 16mm footage and documents not only allow the filmmakers to tell the story of the overthrow of the Iranian government in unprecedented detail, but it also leads to explosive revelations about dark secrets buried for 67 years. Working with Ralph Fiennes (The Grand Budapest Hotel, Schindler’s List, The English Patient) to help bring the lost material to life, what began as a historical documentary about four days in August 1953 turned into a live investigation, taking the filmmakers into uncharted cinematic waters. The roots of Iran's volatile relationship with America and Britain has never been so forensically and dramatically exposed.
Not Rated
Documentary, Films & Filmmakers
Taghi Amirani
Todd McCarthy, Hollywood Reporter

Arguably one of the most consequential but little-discussed foreign policy decisions of the post-World War II era is enthrallingly dissected in Coup 53. People under 40 or so generally know something about Vietnam, the crumbling of the Soviet Union and European communism and the fallout from 9/11 ...

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