“Be your self …

… and don’t imitate others.” is one of the often heard advices I’ve heard so far. Especially people and/or nations with inferiority complexes tend to imitate their role models without filtering or questioning. A fraction of the new Turkish high society for example tries to appear modern by imitating the New Year celebration together with the tradition of the Christmas tree, which hasn’t really anything to do with New Year itself; it just happens to be one week before (or after -for the Orthodox Churches-) New Year. I came across such Christmas trees in Istanbul and when asking them about the Christmas tree they were rather confused why I as an almanci (attribute given to Turks who are somehow discernible as (Ex-)Turks from Germany) would ask for the reason of the Christmas tree.

Anyway, another area were Turks like to imitate is the film industry. This, however, is changing recently and they began to make really good movies. But to appreciate good Turkish movies you have to see the old ones, which are good. Good? Yes good, let me explain: there is a limit below which bad movies become good again. In German we say “Sie sind so schlecht, dass sie wieder gut sind.” Is there maybe a similar saying/phrase in English?

Let me illustrate what I mean. We all know Star Wars or Supermen and the related movies. Well Turkish film industry hadn’t as much money for the making of the films, but I think any school movie work group could have done similar movies. Let me present you Süperman:

Pay attention to the special designed gloves, which are great for washing the dishes. The next movie is The Man Who Saves The World aka Turkish Star Wars. Wikipedia notes (almost like an excuse):

Released in 1982, Dünyayı Kurtaran Adam was created in Turkey caught in the midst of massive political upheaval. As a result, American-made films were not easily acquired and were often remade with a Turkish cast and setting.

The following clip is from the movie, where the two main heroes train for their last fight against aliens. The scenes were should in Nevsehir (remember my last post about this beautiful area? If not go back.) Be aware that these clips are no fakes, no comedy or whatsoever, they are real clips from the real movie.


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