Serif Gören & Yilmaz Güney – Umut AKA Hope (1970)

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Synopsis:
In this bleak tragedy, a crude and illiterate man who drives a horse-drawn taxi survives his meager existence by hoping each day that this will be the day he wins the lottery. One day his coach is hit by a car, killing one of his two horses and damaging the buggy. Because the automobile driver has social standing, the traffic judge rules in favor of the automobile driver, and does not give the poor man any damages. Creditors soon remove everything from his house except the remaining horse and damaged buggy. Despairing, he strikes out at his family and anyone weaker than he is. Eventually, he joins a wandering “holy man” on a quest for desert gold, and goes mad in the process. Continue reading

Tan Oral – Sansür AKA Censorship (1970)

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A cameraman chases a white rabbit and comes upon police brutality. Recording it and screening the footage will result in immediate censorship. A murder of flying censorship scissors will cut the film to pieces. The cameraman will cut the tree on which the censorship scissors dwell, and a shoot comes up from the stump. The cameraman will record this shoot. Written by Turhan Karadeniz Continue reading

Serif Gören & Yilmaz Güney – Endise AKA Anxiety (1974)

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This is the story of Cevher and his family, who all work in cotton fields in late seventies in Turkey. Cevher has to pay blood money to save his life. He even considers getting his daughter married to a rich and old guy. And on the cotton fields, they have to compete with machines, which are preferred to human workers. Eventually, workers unite and go on strike. Continue reading

Yilmaz Güney – Seyyit Han: Topragin Gelini AKA Bride of the Earth (1968)

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Seyyit Han is a man with many foes. One day he falls in love with Mürsit’s sister, Keje. Mürsit is fine with them marrying, only on one condition: Seyyit Han has to get rid of his enemies to offer a decent life for Keje. Having set on a journey to do so, one day he victoriously returns to his hometown: the day Keje is marrying another man. Continue reading