Over break I watched a movie named Argo. It is a movie based on the Iranian Hostage Crisis. Just to briefly explain the Iranian Hostage Crisis, the Iranians were not happy with their monarch named Shah Mohammad, due to his greediness and too strong of a desire for power, and thus overthrew and exiled him. The Shah, who had gotten cancer shortly after, was taken into the US for treatment. Outraged by this intake of the exiled Shah, the Iranians protested and demanded that the Shah be returned to Iran and be tried and possibly executed. Eventually, the angered people of Iran stormed the US Embassy and took hostages and kept some of them up to 444 days in Tehran. Without digressing too much, that is a very, very basic synopsis of the Iranian Hostage Crisis on which this movie was based on. My main point, however, is one of the main causes of this crisis. It all started with the overthrowing and eventual exile of a monarch who the people believed had too much wealth and became too self-indulgent with his power. Having just studied/written a paper about the French Revolution, especially since my topic was King Louis XVI, watching this movie triggered a connection to be made between the two. King Louis XVI, like the Shah was overthrown by his people and country because he had too much power. I realize that’s the whole point people wrote an essay on this topic, so many might think he did not rule as an absolute monarch, but the result was the same nonetheless. I’ve heard the statement, “history repeats itself” many times before, and now I can actually relate to it having researched King Louis XVI and watching this movie about the Iranian Hostage Crisis, which happened almost 200 years apart.
Even though I was reluctant to watch it at first, Argo turned out to be a really good movie and I recommend it anyone looking to learn some history or to anyone just looking for a good movie to watch.