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Masters of Turkish Cinema - Ömer Lütfi Akad

Strike the Whore

Turkey / 1949 / DCP / B&W / 112’ / Turkish / English Subtitles

Strike the Whore is the first adaptation of Halide Edib Adıvar’s novel of the same name, and the first feature film of Ömer Lütfi Akad.

Director: Ömer Lütfi Akad
Screenplay: Safa Önal
Cinematography: Lazar Yazıcıoğlu
Editing: Timur Makarevic
Music: Sadi Işılay
Producer: Hürrem Erman, Hasan Erman

Strike the Whore is the first adaptation of Halide Edib Adıvar’s novel of the same name, and the first feature film of Ömer Lütfi Akad. Sezer Sezin plays Aliye, who is a teacher strongly opposing the occupying enemy forces during the Turkish War of Independence but being lynched by pro-Padishah people due to slander. Strike the Whore is one of the competent examples of the early Turkish cinema.

In the Name of the Law

Turkey / 1952 / DCP / B&W / 94’ / Turkish / English Subtitles

In the movie inspired by a real event occurring in Istanbul in 1964 after the World War II, the story is that of a mechanic named Nazım Usta.

Director: Ömer Lütfi Akad
Screenplay: Ömer Lütfi Akad, Osman F. Seden
Cinematography: Enver Burçkin , Kriton İlyadis
Editing: Turgut Kuzu
Music: Faruk Özar
Producers: Osman F. Seden, Şakir Seden
Cast: Ayhan Işık, Gülistan Güzey, Neşe Yulaç, Muzaffer Tema, Pola Morelli, Talat Artemel, Nubar Terziyan, Muazzez Arçay

In the movie inspired by a real event occurring in Istanbul in 1964 after the World War II, the story is that of a mechanic named Nazım Usta. Nazım Usta falls in love with Ayten and marries her; but realizes that Ayten’s sister Nezahat is also in love with him. Nezahat loves Nazım and the grimy Halil plans on capturing Ayten. In the Name of the Law is one of the best and most unique examples of Yeşilçam plots many examples of which we have witnessed later on.

The Wounded Wolf

Turkey / 1972 / DCP / Colour / 82’ / Turkish / English Subtitles

Adapted from Graham Greene's A Gun For Sale, The Wounded Wolf is one of Akad's most important films.

Director: Ömer Lütfi Akad
Screenplay: Selim İleri
Cinematography: Gani Turalı
Producers: Hürrem Erman
Cast Cüneyt Arkın, Şükran Yamakoğlu, Ahmet Mekin, Yıldırım Önal, Süha Doğan, Osman Alyanak, Güzin Özipek, İsmail Hakkı Şen

Adapted from Graham Greene's A Gun For Sale, The Wounded Wolf is one of Akad's most important films. Focusing on the story of Ali Karasu, who is just got released from prison and accepted the commit murder to go to Germany, the film contains innovative and interesting frames for its era. Cüneyt Arkın had one of the best performances of his career in the film focusing on themes such as crime, revenge and helplessness.

 

Awards

Adana Film Festival - Second Best Film,
Best Actor (Cüneyt Arkın)

The Bride

Turkey / 1973 / DCP / Colour / 93’ / Turkish / English Subtitles

The Bride is a masterpiece which starts the “Immigration” trilogy.

Director: Lütfi Ö. Akad
Screenplay: Lütfi Ö. Akad
Cinematography: Gani Turalı
Editing: İsmail Kalkan
Music: Yalçın Tura
Producers: Hürrem Erman
Cast: Hülya Koçyiğit, Kerem Yılmazer, Ali Şen, Kahraman Kıral, Nazan Adalı, Kamran Usluer, Aliye Rona, Günay Güner, Seden Kızıltunç

Meryem abandons her home and finds a job at a factory. But the family householder Hacı İlyas makes it a matter of honor that the bride ran away from home and started working at the factory. To clear it all up, he pressures his son and Meryem’s husband Veli… Akad, one of the masters of Turkish cinema, dpicts the entire family going from Yozgat to the big city of Istanbul thinking that its streets are paved with gold and rids Meryem of the feudal traditions while granting her the economic freedom. The Bride is a masterpiece which starts the “Immigration” trilogy.


Awards

Adana Film Festival - Best Film,
Best Supporting Actress (Nazan Adalı),
Best Supporting Actor (Kamran Usluer