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MAJOR MOTION PICTURE STUDIOS IN IRAN1 1929-1975


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NAME Founder(s) First Production First Production
*Jahan-Nama Studio 1929
Ebrahim Moradi
انتقام برادر A Brother's Revenge (1931)
Pars Film Ohanes Ohanian آبی و رابی Abi and Rabi (1930)
Sherkat Mahdood 1930
Ebrahim Moradi & Partners
بوالهوس Sensual (1933)
*Mitra Film 1947
Esmail Koushan, Esfandiar Yeganegi, Ansari, Ziaie, Sheikh, & Hamzavi
طوفان زندگی Tumultuous Life (1948)
Iran-No Film Ataollah Zahed & Mansour Mobine اشتباه Mistake (1953)
Moradi Studio Ebrahim Moradi کمرشکن Onerous (1953)
Shahrzad Studio A.H. Sheikh & Nasser Tayefi محکوم بی گناه The Convicted Innocent (1953)
*Iran Film Studio 1949
Jalil Ghadiri, Mohsen Badie, & F. Manouchehri
ولگرد Vagrant (1950)
*Pars Film Studio 2 Esmail Koushan & Partners شرمسار Ashamed (1950)
*Diana Film 1950
S. Khachatourian, Farid Zeini, & Baghdan Yeganian
گل نسا Golnesa (1952)
Honar Film 3 M. Besharatian باغی Outlaw (1953)
Madayen Studio Ghodratollah & Seifollah Rashidian خوابهای طلائی Golden Dreams (1951)
Alborz Studio 1951
Parviz Khatibi & S. Constantin
دستکش سفيد White Gloves (1951)
Asia Film Salar Eshghi ناکام Defeated (1952)
*Asre-Talaie Studio Azizollah Kardavani & Hakimian مشهدی عباد Mashadiebad (1953)
Azar Film Iraj Farahvashi & Mozafar Mizani حاکم يکروزه Governor for a Day (1952)
*Badie (formerly Oqab) Studio Mohsen Badie & F. Maouchehri شکار خانگی Shooting Fish in a Barrel (1952)
Omar Khayyam Studio Hossein Madani جدال با شيطان Fight with the Devil (1952)
Sharq Studio Mohammad Bani-Salam يک نگاه Look (1952)
Golestan Studio 1952
Ebrahim Golestan, Mazaheri, & Partners
خشت و آينه Adobe and Mirror (1966)
Jahan Film Mazaheri & Partners چهره آشنا Familiar Face (1953)
Jahan-Nama Studio Jamshid Bakhtiar سرنوشت در را ميکوبد Destiny Knocking on the Door (1954)
Kaveh Studio Abbas Kaveh تقدير چنين بود This Was Karma (1954)
Kavian Film Saied Mo'ayed & Parviz Shoumer دختر سرراهی Deserted Girl (1953)
Shahryar Film Mohammad Deram-Bakhsh ميهن پرست Nationalist (1953)
*Artesh Studio 4 1953
Imperial Iranian Army
نقلعلی Naql-Ali (1954)
Kakh Studio Khosravi & Partners دستبرد يا بوالهوس Theft (1954)
*Karvan Film  1954
Akbar Dehqan & Shokrollah Rafie
مهتاب خونين Bloody Moonlight (1956)
*Honarha-ye Zibaya Keshvar Studio 5 Ministry of Education جدال در مهتاب Dispute in Moonlight (1963)
Irana Film Jamshid Sheibani برای تو For You (1955)
Oriental Studio Parviz Khatibi کينه The Grudge (1954)
Rey Film Mohammad Shabpareh عروس دجله Bride of Dajleh (1955)
Tolou' Studio Taqavi & Serge Azarian بر باد رفته Gone with the Wind (1954)
Sahra Film 1955
Hossein Amir-Fazli
دزدان معدن Thieves of the Mine (1955)
Venus Film Mehdi Besharatian دماغ سوخته Disappointed (1956)
Zohreh Film Nourbakhsh پنجمين ازدواج Fifth Marriage (1956)
Arya Film 6 1956
Shahla (Riahi)
مرجان Marjan (1956)
*Atlass Film Studio Gorgi Ebadia (Ahmad Fahimi) دشمن زن Woman's Enemy (1959)
Haraz Film Serge Azarian & Partners ماجرای عجيب A Strange Adventure (1956)
*Ajir Film 1957
Joseph Va'ezian, Shahrokh Rafi', & Samuel Khachian
طوفان در شهر ما Storm in Our City (1958)
Iran-Nema Studio Farrokh Ghafari & Farhad Emad جنوب شهر South of the Town (1959)
Nader Film Studio Azizollah Rafie همه گناهکاريم We Are All Guilty (1959)
Diba Film 1958
Hossein Nazemzadeh
افسانه شمال The Fable of the North (1959)
Kasra Film Hossein Amir-Fazli هالو Halou (1959)
Monajem Film Abdollah Monajem جوانان امروزی Today's Youth (1960)
Oranus Film Roubik Sarkisian & Rahim Rowshanian يکی بود يکی نبود Once Upon a Time (1959)
Soufia Film Mehdi Besharatian & Ali-Reza Eslami فرشته وحشی Wild Angel (1959)
*Tehran-Shahrestan Film Babken Avedisian بی ستاره ها Those Without Stars (1959)
*Alvand Film 1959
Asghar Bichareh
پول حلال Clean Money (1960)
Chaharpar Studio Ahmad Afsaneh شد شد ، نشد نشد If It Happens, It Happens, If Not, It Doesn't (1960)
Kuhe-Nur Film Sardar Saker فردا روشن است Brighter Tomorrow (1960)
*Misaqyeh Studio Mehdi Misaqyeh فرياد نيمه شب Midnight Shout (1961)
Oscar Film Mehdi Besharatian ماجرای پروين Parvin's Dispute (1960)
Purya Film Siamak Yasami اول هيکل Muscle Man (1960)
Shahrokh Film Shahrokh Rafie پيمان Pact (1960)
Television Iran7 Habib Sabet    
Darya Film 1960
Manouchehr Tayefeh & Sahabpanah
آخرين گذرگاه The Last Crossing (1962)
Fanous Film Misramadzadeh & Ne'man ماجرای جنگل The Event of the Jungle (1961)
*Khavar-Mianeh Studio Mohammad-Ali Zarandi ستارگان می درخشند The Stars Are Sparkling (1960)
Soruri Film Movasheq Soruri آقا جبار در پاريس Mr. Jabbar in Paris (1961)
Karun Film 1961
Ahmad Safaie
اشک شوق Eager Tears (1962)
Pateh Film Fari' Halati & Reza Zandi-Nejad پستچی Postman (1962)
Sahar Studio Jamshid Sheibani طلای سفيد White Gold (1962)
*Shahin Film Studio Vanik Ovadeaian, Shake & Sirus Harajzadeh دختر کوهستان Mountain Girl (1964)
*Ranginkaman Studio 1962 Shahryar Ostovari & Partners
در انتهای ظلمت At the End of Darkness (1963)
Sazmane Cinema-ye 555 Mansour Baqeriean & Reza Safaie پرتگاه مخوف Cliff of Fear (1963)
Sazmane Cinema-ye Panorama Mirsamadzadeh & Iraj Ghadiri تار عنکبوت Spider (1963)
Sira Film Mehdi Mosayebei-Heravi دروازه تقدير Gate of Fate (1965)
*Mahtab Film 1963
Reza Beikimanverdi Akbar Janati-Shirazi & Khalil Oqab
ببر رينگ Tiger of the Ring (1964)
Tehran Film Majid Mohseni پرستوها به لانه برميگردند Swallows Return Home (1964)
Dota Film Studio   جدال در مهتاب Dispute in Moonlight (1964)
Farvardin Film 1964
Mohamad-Ali FArdin
آقای قرن بيستم Mr. Twentieth Century (1964)
*Naghshe-Jahan Studio 1965
Nosratollah Vahdat & Partners
زبون بسته Mute (1965)
Aryana Film 1967
Abbas Shabavize & Partners
زنی بنام شراب A Woman Called Wine (1976)
Filmco Films Narandaz & Azizi من هم گريه کردم I Cried Too (1968)
Peyman Film   سه جوانمرد Three Brave Men (1967)
Negah Studio8 1968
Mahmoud Koushan
گرداب گناه Eddy of Sin (1968)
Rudaki Studio   يوسف و زليخا Joseph & Zolykha (1968)
Os Film Iraj Sadqpur & Abbas Homaioun دختر شاه پريان The Daughter of the Fairy-Godmother (1968)
General Film Mohammad Farzad, Adel Ruhi, Iraj Saberi, & Farhad Mohabat قلبهای طلائی Golden Hearts (1969)
Rex Cinema-Theater Company   جاده تبهکاران Back Road (1968)
Chehelsotun Studio 1969
Hamid, Majid & Vahi Mojtahedi
قصه دلها The Story of Hearts (1969)
Hesam Film   دنيای آبی Blue World (1969)
Tendis Studio Manuchehr Nozari    
Yazd Film 1970 حسن فرفره Whirligig Hassan (1970)
Hamlet Film 1971 احساس داغ Heat (1971)
Mashal Film   رعد و برق Thunderstorm (1971)
Tina Film   غلام ژاندارم Gholam, the Gendarme (1971)
Diamon Studio 1972
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يک جو غيرت Zeal (1972)
Helen Film   خوشگله Hey, Good-Looking (1972)
Sazmane Cinema-ye Sepanta   آشوبگر The Rioter (1972)


Footnotes --- Appendix

*The asterisk indicates that a studio had motion picture production facilities.

**Date in parentheses are release dates.

1Compiled from Hamid Sho'aie, Farhang Cinema-ye Iran [A Cinema Dictionary of Iran] (Tehran: Herminco Co., 1354 [1975]).
2Pars Film was founded after Esmail Koushan's first film studio, Mitra Films, burned down.
3In 1955 the name was changed to Venus Film.
4It was founded to produce 16 mm films for the Iranian armed forces, with 16 mm black and white, color laboratories, and 16 mm film equipment.
5A 16 mm laboratory with necessary 16 mm film equipment, later developed into one of the most up-to-date film centers in the Middle East, with both 16 mm and 35 mm facilities and color processing laboratories. This studio was set up under the supervision of American technicians from Syracuse University and financed by USAID mission to Iran.
6The first studio founded by a woman in Iran, in whose first production was MARJAN (1956), the first feature film in Iran which was produced and directed by a woman, Ms. Shahla.
7At first it was a private television station in Tehran with small 16 mm black and white processing labratory and 16 mm motion piture equipment mainly for making newsreels, and owned by Habib Sabet. In 1966 Television Iran was purchased by the government and by 1967 when National Iranian Television (NITV), was founded, it became part of NITV. NITV later changed its name to National Iranian Radio and Television (NIRT), which now is one of the largest and most up-to-date motion picture studios in the world, complete with black and white and color laboratories (8, supper 8, 16, & 35 mm), computerized Qxbery animation stands and abundance of film equipment and raw stock, for example, they own over 120 $7000 reel to reel tape recorders.
8This company produced only the one film listed here.


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