Siavash in Persepolis (1966)

Genres - Adventure, Historical Film  |   Run Time - 100 min.  |   Countries - Iran  |  
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In this Iranian costume epic based on an 11th-century book by Ferdowsi Shahnameh, the exploits of a daring prince are chronicled. The young knight is the son of the king of Iran. The boy gets in trouble with his father after he refuses the advances of his father's first wife. Bitter at being refused, she tells the king that she and the prince are lovers anyway. She also informs her husband that with his son, she has borne several children, all of whom were murdered. The enraged king sentences his son to be burned to death. Miraculously, the prince survives the ordeal and ends up taking charge of the army. He leads them to battle against an evil enemy. Later he forgives the jilted first wife and offers her a full pardon. On the battle front, the ruler of the rival country, Turan, makes a peace offering with Iran and offers 100 hostages to appease the prince. Unfortunately, the prince's distrustful father wants these men killed. His son refuses and ends up moving to a safer country. En route he passes through Turan and marries the other ruler's daughter despite the objections of her uncle. The uncle then has the prince murdered for being a traitor. According to Iranian legend, the blood of the slain prince changed into a useful herb called the blood of Siavash.

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anger, army, battle [war], child, daughter, dishonesty, emperor, enemy, fire, generation-gap, honor [recognition], hostage, Iran, jilted, killing, legend [fable], lover, marriage, opposition, pardon, peace, prince, ruination, seduction, son, treason, trial [courtroom], uncle, wife