Movies save lives, people. This is an important artistic medium in which we are involved. 'But, Allan,' you ask, being people who are smart enough to spell my name correctly, since you see it posted above every article I write, and you are good people who follow my every word, 'how can a movie save someone's life?' Well, we're here to talk about an illustration of just such a thing:
In 1979, the U.S. embassy in Tehran, Iran is attacked by angry insurgents. Six people escape and are sheltered by the Canadian ambassador in his home. These six need to be smuggled out of Iran, but they are being looked for and danger is real and imminent. Tony Mendez, a CIA operative, is assigned to get them out. The plan? Pose as a film crew making a science fiction movie on location in Iran. Lots of deserts and such. It's risky, it's ballsy, it's so crazy it just might work! But does it??
It's a matter of public record, but I don't want to spoil anyway in case you don't know, and in case you decide to head out to Central Park in Old Louisville for the Monday Night Movie, presented by Kentucky Shakespeare. The film in question? Argo, 2012's Academy Award winner for Best Picture (also Adapted Screenplay and Editing, with four other nominations to its credit as well). It is a fantastic film, tense and exciting and perfectly written and directed. It has stirred up some controversy, though, in regards to certain historical inaccuracies, especially as they relate to various aspects of racial relations.
Argo will play at Central Park tonight at 9:00. Concessions and alcohol will be available for purchase. Central Park is located in Old Louisville nestled between Park and Magnolia to the north and south, and 4th and 6th Streets to the east and west.
Image: Internet Movie Database
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