Coup 53 Reviews

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August 21, 2020
A fascinating peering into that era of history, even if it doesn't dive quite as deep as some of the scholarship that's been done in the matter.
August 21, 2020
A fascinating combination of detective story and historical narrative.
August 21, 2020
Even if much of the material is common knowledge, the momentum of the plot can hardly fail to engross...
August 20, 2020
Coup 53 is a historical documentary that plays more like All the President's Men had it been written by John le Carré with a dash of Costa-Gavras and Manchurian Candidate John Frankenheimer.
August 20, 2020
As history lessons go, this is a powerful one in which a wealth of interviews and stunning graphics have been pulled together, with extraordinary attention to detail, into an intricate but lucid whole.
August 20, 2020
What a riveting story: a grim curtain-raiser to today's tragedies. .
August 20, 2020
Coup 53 isn't the most coherent in approach or pacing, but its ambition--and overall literacy--ties its knots. And hey, that's an accomplishment in and of itself.
August 19, 2020
As enlightening as "Coup 53" is as a secret history, it's even more satisfying as an aesthetic exercise, treating viewers to one of cleverest workarounds in cinematic problem-solving in recent memory.
August 19, 2020
Across time and space, a single, consistent story emerges. For a narrative shrouded in subterfuge, that's a considerable achievement.
August 19, 2020
Coup 53 is worth seeing, but its general effect on this viewer was to seek out more books, rather than movies, on the subject.
August 19, 2020
Amirani's filmmaking process is akin to watching a detective at work.
August 18, 2020
Watching this thrilling, energetic doc feels like taking a swim in John le Carré's brain.
August 17, 2020
In a brisk, fascinating two hours Coup 53 does clarify in spellbinding detail what happened when Mosaddegh moved to nationalize the Anglo-Iranian Oil Company.
August 17, 2020
Once Taghi Amirani turns his attention to the coup itself, his film snaps into shape, with Walter Murch skillfully knitting together new and old interviews to lay out the story in highly dramatic form.
August 17, 2020
A fascinating convergence of imagination and education - and quite possibly the first truly must-see film of 2020.
August 16, 2020
puts my knowledge of the 1953 Iranian coup to shame with the depth and breadth of detail the director explores.
August 16, 2020
It unspools like a political thriller, but its real world consequences are dead serious.
August 12, 2020
This is not some dry piece of historical revision. Amirani's passion is palpable from the start and he peppers his film with twists and reveals that would make John le Carré smile.
March 2, 2020
Coup 53 paints a harrowing picture of the preparations for the coup, as well as the hilariously ignorant frustration of Western interventionists.
October 10, 2019
Director Taghi Amirani's forensic focus and expert storytelling create a vital docu/drama with the potential to reach far beyond history buffs and conspiracy theorists.
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