In 1971, the Shah of Iran, the self-proclaimed 'king of kings', celebrated 2,500 years of the Persian monarchy by throwing the greatest party in history. Money was no object - a lavish tent...
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On January 16,1979, the then Shah of Iran, left Iran commencing what became a 19-month odyssey to exile in Egypt, Morocco, Bahamas, Mexico, US, Panama, and back to Egypt again where he ... See full summary »
In 1971, the Shah of Iran, the self-proclaimed 'king of kings', celebrated 2,500 years of the Persian monarchy by throwing the greatest party in history. Money was no object - a lavish tent city, using 37km of silk, was erected in a specially created oasis. The world's top restaurant at the time, Maxim's, closed its doors for two weeks to cater the event, a five-course banquet served to over sixty of the world's kings, queens and presidents, and washed down with some of the rarest wines known to man. Over a decadent five-day period, guests were treated to a pageant of thousands of soldiers dressed in ancient Persian costume, a 'son et Lumiere' at the foot of Darius the Great's temple, and the opening of the Azadi Tower in Tehran, designed to honour the Shah himself. Every party leaves a few hangovers. This one left a country reeling, never to recover. It crystallised the opposition, led by the Ayatollah Khomeini. More than any other event, this party marked the break between the king ...
In 1971, the Shah of Iran throws a gigantic celebration for 2500 years of the Persian monarchy. He invites all the leaders and royals of the world. He proclaims himself "King of Kings" in the reflected light of the admired biblical king, Cyrus the Great. No expenses are spared creating a tent encampment in the middle of the desert. In reality, his country is a brutal police state. His policy of social liberalization faces opposition. There are water issues and poverty. The lavish spending galvanizes the opposition eventually leading to him leaving Iran in 1979 and the takeover by Khomeini establishing a revolutionary Islamic state.
This is a BBC documentary about an important world history event. Sometimes the event itself is examined. Most of the time, it is about the Americans in the event. Usually, the cause of the event is declared as a given. This one actually spends time looking at one of the causes. While this does not impart any new information to me, it does put pictures to the knowledge. It is easy to see the isolated elitism at the top of the hierarchy. My hot take is that he's one of those newly rich who throws big parties to show that he fits in his snooty rich lavish circle. It's so happens that his circle is the top circle. It is more important to be admired by his peers than to be admired by his people. By this time, he is surrounded by yes men that he doesn't know the feelings of his people. Sadly, he is all too common in that power corrupts.
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