Arabic/Farsi Authentication - Argo Movie

hrant's picture

A Sunday night diversion...

Here's a still from the movie Argo, which is set in 1979-1980:

Are those styles of typeface that old, or is this yet another instance of Hollywood's lack of typographic sensitivity?

Maybe I should ask this guy:


quadibloc's picture

I'm no expert on this sort of thing, but the newpaper doesn't look strikingly out of place even for the 1960s.

hrant's picture

They certainly took a lot of care with many details, typographic and otherwise. For example that newspaper shot is only onscreen for a fraction of a second, but I checked with my wife (who grew up in Iran) and she said that not only does all the text make sense, she actually remembers the newspaper's flag at the top-right! James Cameron should be paying attention...

But I still have a feeling those font styles were not used in newspapers at that time.


Si_Daniels's picture

This is one of the first Bing hits on "old Iranian newspapers" -

More details here...

hrant's picture

Thanks Simon. Very impressive. Sabouni (I'm guessing) did an amazing job - even the funny vertical placement of some letters has been reproduced.* And I guess those fonts are older than I thought.

* And now I'm wondering whether the newspaper used in the movie is actually a facsimile.


Thomas Phinney's picture

“They certainly took a lot of care with many details, typographic and otherwise.”

Except, like, the plot.

“Well, let me say first of all, it's a great drama,” [Jimmy] Carter told CNN’s Piers Morgan in an interview that aired Thursday. “And I hope it gets the Academy Award for best film because I think it deserves it. The other thing that I would say was that 90 percent of the contributions to the ideas and the consummation of the plan was Canadian. And the movie gives almost full credit to the American CIA. And with that exception, the movie is very good.”

“But Ben Affleck's character in the film was only … in Tehran a day and a half [in real life],” Carter said. “And the main hero, in my opinion, was Ken Taylor, who was the Canadian ambassador who orchestrated the entire process.”

—History News Network (

The movie ending was equally Hollywood-manufactured. There was no confrontation, suspicion or tension in real life. They just walked out, got on the plane and left.

hrant's picture

This is Hollywood, baby. I wasn't factoring in the plot when I mentioned accuracy. I said "details"... :-)

More good reads, from my personal go-to source:

For one thing, anybody who's been through a Middle Eastern airport even once knows very well that you only get caught if you're not doing anything wrong... So that excruciating, super-dramatic maneuvering to get on the airplane at the end could never have been remotely close to reality. And that runway chase?! Gimme a break. On the other hand:


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