Monday, January 9, 2017

Ghazali Cinema Town of Tehran.

 For people like me, eager to get acquainted with cinema of all the countries in different styles, Ghazali cinema town in the west of Tehran is a wonderful place for spending a day. Ghazali cinema town which was established in 1971, as the hub of Iranian cinema, is a wide area about 10 hectares. Some of the old districts, streets and buildings of Tehran are beautifully stimulated in this area and they were used as the locations of making historical, religious and social films.

an old street in Ghazali cinema town, decorated with old cars and telephone booths.
A stimulated old street of Tehran in Ghazali cinema town.

As the home of Iranian cinema, Ghazali has seen the production of many old Iranian films. “Hezar Dastan”, a very popular Iranian TV series directed by Ali Hatami 1978, is about Iran’s social and political situation during Ahmad Shah and Reza shah kingdom with a fabulous music, professional cast and beautiful locations like nostalgic cafes, shops, the Grand Hotel and cobblestone streets. This is considered as the first project done in Ghazali cinema town. The very famous and popular Iranian movie named Saint Mary (1997) is another project done in Ghazali cinema town and the ancient alleys and buildings of Jerusalem which were stimulated to be used as the locations of the film are now available for visiting. Many movies about Iran and Iraq war, Imam Ali TV series, Josef the prophet and many more Iranian movies were also filmed in Ghazali cinema town. 
old brick buildings in streets of Ghazali cinema town.
Ghazali cinema town in Tehran.
This place reminded me all the Iranian films and TV series that my parents used to watch when I was a kid. I didn’t follow those films but after more than 20 years from those days, when I explored Ghazali cinema town and recognized the locations of those films, all the vague scenes and their sound tracks were sweetly and clearly evoked in my mind. The most exciting thing about visiting this place was meeting some of the happy puppets that played TV shows for the kids every morning.

Ghazali cinema town of Tehran has always been a popular place for Iranians and it has been attracting foreign tourists recently. Many of Uppersia's guests have visited this place and enjoyed this cinematic and historical atmosphere in Tehran day tours.
old stone castles of Jerusalem in Ghazali cinema town.
Ghazali cinema town in Tehran. 


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