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COUP 53 ★★★★

- Entertainment · Movies · John le Carre · United Kingdom · Secret Intelligence Service · Central Intelligence Agency · Iran · British Petroleum · Derbyshire · BBC One · Ralph Fiennes · Mohammad Mosaddegh

(Cert 15, 120mins. See coup53.com/ screen­ings)

HIS­TORY buffs and John le Carré fans should love this ex­plo­sive doc­u­men­tary about Bri­tain’s shame­ful in­volve­ment in a 1953 Ira­nian coup.

Af­fa­ble Bri­tish-Ira­nian di­rec­tor Taghi Ami­rani spent 10 years un­cov­er­ing the de­tails of a joint MI6 and CIA op­er­a­tion to un­seat the demo­crat­i­cally elected leader of Iran, Mo­ham­mad Mosad­degh, and

he shows the method and the mad­ness this en­tailed.

The PM had been named Time mag­a­zine’s Man Of The Year in 1951 but na­tion­al­is­ing the Ira­nian as­sets of a BP-con­trolled oil com­pany put him in the crosshairs of the Bri­tish es­tab­lish­ment.

His suc­ces­sor, the cor­rupt Shah, was more friendly to Bri­tish in­ter­ests, un­til he was de­posed in 1979 by the Is­lamic Rev­o­lu­tion.

Ami­rani brings his research to the fore, struc­tur­ing the film around his of­ten sur­real search for

se­cret doc­u­ments. His best find is a tran­script of an in­ter­view with Bri­tish spy Nor­man Dar­byshire, mys­te­ri­ously ex­cised from a 1980s BBC TV doc­u­men­tary.

Ralph Fi­ennes plays him in a re­con­struc­tion, ex­pertly chan­nelling the ar­ro­gance and the cul­tured amoral­ity of th­ese ruth­less gen­tle­men as­sas­sins.

It’s like an out-take from Tinker, Tai­lor,

Sol­dier Spy.

 ??  ?? EX­PLO­SIVE: Fi­ennes as Bri­tish spy
EX­PLO­SIVE: Fi­ennes as Bri­tish spy
 ??  ?? PUNCHY DE­LIV­ERY: Paul O’Brien

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