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Pahlbod, Mehrdad

Oral History Interview

Interviewer
Mahnaz Afkhami
Place
Los Angeles
Date
May 25 and 30, 1984
Condition
Open
Language
Persian
Content
76pp. + summary + biographical note + index
Interviewee Details
Member of the Royal Family; Minister of Culture and Arts, 1964-1978.
Abstract
Family and educational history; early career at the Ministry of Culture and Arts; aims and operations of the Ministry in the 1950s and the 1960s; reviving traditional Persian music; operations of the Institute of Fine Arts; rivalry within the Ministry of Information and Tourism; creation and management of Rudaki Hall; film production at the Ministry; Shah's views on the Mansur government; Queen Farah's cultural activities; National Iranian Radio and Television Organization and propagation of Persian culture; attempts at the Ministry to promote archaeological activities and restoring historical sites; on the Academy of Language; Ministry's role in promoting festivals and official events; on censorship and the development of the film industry in Iran; impact of leftist propaganda on the Ministry's activities; recollections of the Shah's Coronation and Twenty Five Hundred Years of Monarchy Celebrations.

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