Iranian historian Khosrow Motazed has shed light on the historical weak points and mistakes that ‘The Physician’ contains.
In a series of programs called Cinema VS History hosted by ifilm, Iran veteran historian Khosrow Motazed sheds light on the reality behind anti-Iran films produced by Hollywood.
'The Physician' contains contradictory narrative. The picture that the movie depicts out of Iran in that period of time is not based in historical facts, said the historian.
The way that Avicenna appears before camera has been arranged in a fake style to diminish him. The makeup techniques are used in a way to control the impressive appearance of the founder of early modern medicine. This technique is deliberately used because he is a scholar who belongs to one of the greatest Eastern civilizations. The producers have managed to hide the glory which is at the heart of Iran ancient civilization.
With reference to the time setting of the story, one of the weak points of the film is that the flick contains objects which had not been created at that time. For example at a scene a woman reads a book which contains colorful pictures and printed lines while at that time span printer had not yet been invented and Gutenberg had not introduced printing to the world.
‘The Physician’ (Der Medicus) is a 2013 German historical drama film based on the novel of the same name by Noah Gordon. The film, co-written and directed by Philipp Stölzl, focuses on an orphan from an 11th-century English town whose mother died of a mysterious illness. The boy vows to study medicine and decides to travel to Persia to attend classes held by great Iranian Physician Avicenna.