In a bold interview on IRI TV Legendary Movie Star Ezatollah Entezami pays tribute to Shah’s Brother in Law and Pahlavi Era Minister of Culture for his efforts in enhancing Iranian Arts going as far as referring to the Shah’s Royal Title “Alahazrat”aka “His Majesty”. Entezami is best remembered for his role in Dariush Mehrjui’s The Cow (Gaav) which triggered controversy as a politically subversive film deemed critical of the Shah’s White Revolution. Although initially faced with state censorship, Shahbanou Farah Pahlavi moved by the movie interfered as Patron of the Arts to lift the censorship ban on the film which was ultimately released and awarded including at international film festivals where the film received critical acclaim.
About Ezatollah Entezami:
Ezatollah Entezami (Born June 21, 1924) is an award-winning Iranian actor Graduated from theatre and cinema school in Hanover, Germany in 1958, Entezami started his career on stage in 1941. He has been acting in movies since 1969. His debut performance in Darius Mehrjui’s admired classic film, The Cow (Gaav),received the Golden Hugo in Chicago International Film Festival in 1971. He shined in the role of a naive villager who cannot endure the death of his beloved cow and starts to believe that he is the cow himself.
He is known as one of the most prominent actors in Iranian cinema and has been labelled as the greatest actor in history of the cinema of Iran.
He has worked with most of the prominent Iranian film directors, including Darius Mehrjui (eightfilms), Ali Hatami (four films), Nasser Taqvaee, Mohsen Makhmalbaf, Behrouz Afkhami and Rakhshan Bani-Etemad. He has been awarded the Crystal Simorgh for the Best Actor twice from the International Fajr Film Festival, for Grand Cinema and The Day of Angel. His work and accomplishments were recognized in October 2006 at the Iran cultural center in Paris.
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