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Movies: ‘Argo’

The film “Argo,” is two movies in one: a terrifically tense and dead-serious political thriller about American hostages in Iran, and a very funny irreverent satire of Hollywood. Both are successful, and both work together surprisingly well.

In 1979, after the overthrow of the Shah of Iran (the movie helpfully reminds us that this was orchestrated by the United States) and installation of the Ayotollah Khomeini, anti-American sentiment began to boil in Tehran.

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