Qajar (Kadjar) Shahs and the Art of Cinematography


"In 1900, Mozafar-e Din Shah Qajar (1896-1907) traveled to Europe for the first time. He saw a film on the international exhibition held in Paris that same year. Fascinated, the Shah took interest in this new medium and directed the very first film made in Iran; it was about life in the royal court, ..." (From: BBC World Service, Persian Program, Web Page: "The Magic Lantern: The Story of Iranian Cinema.")

To listen to this most amazing story in Farsi, click here.

To view the Magic Lantern Page on the BBC Persian Language Program web site, click here.

To view the site of the BCC Persian Language program, click here.

To read a recent article on Mozaffar-ed-Din Shah's love of cinema, click here: Mozaffar-ed-Din Shah and Cinema, by Naghmeh Sohrabi, The Iranian, August 2001.

This is not Nasser-ed-Din Shah, but he sure looks like him! To see Ezatollah Entezami in the role of Nasser-ed-Din Shah and others from the Qajar (Kadjar) period, click here.



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