The marvelous days of cinema made up some of the best memories of my youth.
My father was appointed to a position in the city of Isfahan and we moved there during the 40’s.Our neighbors were related to us. That meant we were allowed to visit often: it was really fortunate, as from their roof, posht-e bam, we could see the movies shown in an open-air movie theater next door.
Everyday we would rush home from school, take care of our homework and chores. If we managed to finish it all at a reasonable hour, we were allowed to join our neighbors’ kids and the best part of the day would only begin: seeing a movie.
I always tried to arrive early enough to grab the best seats for a friend and myself. Waiting a long time didn’t bother me, nor did seeing the same movie over and over again. We would bring nuts, sweets, the usual nogl’o nabats. Often other friends or relatives would join, sometimes there would be up to twenty of us kids on the roof waiting impatiently for a great adventure to begin: Faraway lands, exotic quests, beautiful women, dreamy dresses, glamorous lives and lavish parties.
I dreamed of Hedy Lamarr, Vivien Leigh, Katharine Hepburn, … They all personified beauty and elegance.
In high school I was learning to sew and seeing these movies made me even more eager to learn: One day I would make my own wedding dress.
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