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Old 05-26-2013, 05:59 AM
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Well, I dont think Soraya is THAT pretty. I actually think Fawzia>Farah>Soraya. But Soraya did have the best wedding dress.

Did she stay in touch with The Shah after the divorce? She must be heartbroken when shah passed away... I also wondered if the shah think of her before his death.
Yes they stayed in touch with each other and the saw each other mostly in French riviera, Except for the time that Soraya lived with Italian director Franco Indovina ( who resembled the shah) .
Soaraya came to Cairo to see The Shah but the Shah said he would meet her when he got better ( maybe he didn't want to hurt Farah) but he never got better and he died in Cairo.
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Old 05-26-2013, 11:04 AM
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Yes they stayed in touch with each other and the saw each other mostly in French riviera, Except for the time that Soraya lived with Italian director Franco Indovina ( who resembled the shah) .
Soaraya came to Cairo to see The Shah but the Shah said he would meet her when he got better ( maybe he didn't want to hurt Farah) but he never got better and he died in Cairo.
Alas... Soraya had the saddest life ever...
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Hello, I recently saw a movie on Her. It was produced about ten years ago. (Made in Italy) Has anyone seen it? If so would you say it was fairly accurate?
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Old 09-17-2013, 10:29 PM
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Hello, I recently saw a movie on Her. It was produced about ten years ago. (Made in Italy) Has anyone seen it? If so would you say it was fairly accurate?
What was the name of the film please?? I am currently reading a book about the Shah and from a historical perspective am trying to teach myself about all the images of the Shah and Farah Diba and the hostage situation I recall seeing from my youth (I am American) I never knew there was a film about Soraya!!
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Old 09-17-2013, 10:38 PM
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What was the name of the film please?? I am currently reading a book about the Shah and from a historical perspective am trying to teach myself about all the images of the Shah and Farah Diba and the hostage situation I recall seeing from my youth (I am American) I never knew there was a film about Soraya!!
On YouTube you can it under the title Princess Soraya. If that doesn't work let me know and I'll e-mail you a link
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Old 09-17-2013, 10:51 PM
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On YouTube you can it under the title Princess Soraya. If that doesn't work let me know and I'll e-mail you a link
Thank you so very much!!
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Old 09-18-2013, 09:15 AM
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Hello, I recently saw a movie on Her. It was produced about ten years ago. (Made in Italy) Has anyone seen it? If so would you say it was fairly accurate?
I have seen it. Can't say for sure everything was accurate, but the way they depicted and portrait the Shah was good. I have great respects for him and he was not a dictator in my opinion, but I have to say that he was rather a spoiled person and was under much influence of his mother and twin sister.
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I have seen it. Can't say for sure everything was accurate, but the way they depicted and portrait the Shah was good. I have great respects for him and he was not a dictator in my opinion, but I have to say that he was rather a spoiled person and was under much influence of his mother and twin sister.
The villain in the story was a woman named Princess Sharim. I couldn't find anything on her. Was she a real person or invented to trump up drama?
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Old 09-18-2013, 11:58 AM
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The villain in the story was a woman named Princess Sharim. I couldn't find anything on her. Was she a real person or invented to trump up drama?

I think princess Ashraf...
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I think princess Ashraf...
Thanks for solving my mystery. :) flowers
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It was a joint French-Italian production made in 2003. I first saw it when it aired on French TV in December 2003, and later bought the DVD. It said they consulted historians, but I do think they took some liberties (as with all bio-topic films). It is widely-known (and confirmed by Soraya's memoirs) that the Shah saw a picture of Soraya (brought by a Bakhtiari relative) and fell in love. They became engaged right after meeting, and their initial wedding date had to be pushed back due to Soraya's illness. Soraya's infertility and refusal to accept the Shah taking a second wife eventually lead them to divorce.

In the movie, the Shah is initially portrayed as a decent guy who wants to modernize and lift his country out of poverty. However, is briefly driven briefly into exile in 1953 as a result of clashes with Prime Minister Mosaddegh and restored to power with help from the United States. After that, he becomes more despotic (in the scene, Soraya watches him put on his uniform and say "I will NEVER be Mr. Pahlavi!"

The villainous "Princess Samira", a fictional cousin to the Shah, is a thinly-veiled character based on Princess Ashraf, the Shah's twin sister. Some say that the movie created the Samira character because Ashraf is still living and they did not want to offend her. Samira is portrayed as very pro-British and unpleasant towards Soraya, while the older sister, Shams, is Soraya's ally who advocated for the marriage.
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It was a joint French-Italian production made in 2003. I first saw it when it aired on French TV in December 2003, and later bought the DVD. It said they consulted historians, but I do think they took some liberties (as with all bio-topic films). It is widely-known (and confirmed by Soraya's memoirs) that the Shah saw a picture of Soraya (brought by a Bakhtiari relative) and fell in love. They became engaged right after meeting, and their initial wedding date had to be pushed back due to Soraya's illness. Soraya's infertility and refusal to accept the Shah taking a second wife eventually lead them to divorce.

In the movie, the Shah is initially portrayed as a decent guy who wants to modernize and lift his country out of poverty. However, is briefly driven briefly into exile in 1953 as a result of clashes with Prime Minister Mosaddegh and restored to power with help from the United States. After that, he becomes more despotic (in the scene, Soraya watches him put on his uniform and say "I will NEVER be Mr. Pahlavi!"

The villainous "Princess Samira", a fictional cousin to the Shah, is a thinly-veiled character based on Princess Ashraf, the Shah's twin sister. Some say that the movie created the Samira character because Ashraf is still living and they did not want to offend her. Samira is portrayed as very pro-British and unpleasant towards Soraya, while the older sister, Shams, is Soraya's ally who advocated for the marriage.
Ok thank-you for your information: )
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I wonder if they stayed in touch after the divorce?
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Yes they stayed in touch with each other and the saw each other mostly in French riviera, Except for the time that Soraya lived with Italian director Franco Indovina ( who resembled the shah) .
Soaraya came to Cairo to see The Shah but the Shah said he would meet her when he got better ( maybe he didn't want to hurt Farah) but he never got better and he died in Cairo.
Really? where did you read this? would also love to read :)

what was her reaction? and i am sure Farah did not like it
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Really? where did you read this? would also love to read :)

what was her reaction? and i am sure Farah did not like it
Well Soraya denied any relationship with the Shah of Iran after the divorce, so her memoirs are not a good resource. As far as I know some people most of them anonymously have admitted that they have had a relationship, including Ardeshir Zahedi, when he admitted it in an interview with Radio London after Soraya's death. Also Asadollah Alam wrote about it in his private diaries.
About Empress Farah, based on what I have read, I can say 99% she didn't like it. I guess that is the reason the Shah refused to see Soraya in Cairo, maybe because he knew What her feelings would be.
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