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Sunday, 9 April, 2000, 15:50 GMT 16:50 UK
Thousands mourn Iranian movie legend

Thousands of Iranians have packed the capital Tehran for the funeral of one of the country's most popular pre-revolutionary actors, Mohammad-Ali Fardin.

Traffic in the city came to a standstill as mourners from all walks of life turned-out to show their appreciation for the former star.

Mr Fardin, died last week at the age of seventy.

His films, depicting a pre-revolutionary world of nightclubs and semi-naked women, were frowned on by the Islamic Republic, but he became a cult figure amongst young Iranians.

The BBC Correspondent in Tehran says the fact that Mr Fardin's funeral was allowed to become such a major occasion shows that Iran is attempting to come to terms with its past.

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