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Lütfi Akad – Tahir ile Zühre (1952)

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The film narrates the struggle of Tahir and Zühre, two lovers trying to reunite. Zühre is a princess while Tahir is the son of a vizier. Growing up together in the palace, the two are deeply in love with each other. However, Bekir, one of the heirs to the dynasty, opposes their marriage. Bekir spreads rumors about Tahir in order to prevent their marriage. So, Tahir falls out of favor with the Sultan due to the rumors about him. Tahir and Zühre will have to make sacrifices to be together. (Yiğitalp Ertem) Read More »

Lütfi Akad – Hudutlarin Kanunu AKA The Law of the Border (1966)

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Set along the Turkish-Syrian frontier, this terse, elemental tale of smugglers contending with a changing social landscape brought together two giants of Turkish cinema. Director Lütfi Ö. Akad had already made some of his country’s most notable films when he was approached by Yılmaz Güney—a rising action star who would become Turkey’s most important and controversial filmmaker—to collaborate on this neo-western about a quiet man who finds himself pitted against his fellow outlaws. Combining documentary authenticity with a tough, lean poetry, Law of the Border transformed the nation’s cinema forever—even though it was virtually impossible to see for many years. Read More »