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Killing the Shadows (2006)

Hacivat Karagöz Neden Öldürüldü? (original title)
A story about the tragedy and the danger of humor and the humorist - A comedy as grand as the Lands of Rome...

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Karagöz
Sebnem Dönmez ...
Ayse Hatun
Beyaz ...
Hacivat
Güven Kiraç ...
Kadi Pervane
Ragip Savas ...
Orhan Gazi
Ayse Tolga ...
Nilufer Hatun
Altay Özbek ...
Coban
Hasan Ali Mete ...
Kusteri
Ezel Akay ...
Esrefoglu Suleyman Bey
Serdar Gökhan ...
Köse Mihal
Aysen Gruda ...
Mother of Karagöz, Shaman
Selin Türkoglu ...
Baci Iris
Levent Kazak ...
Dimitri
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Misak
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Trasci Ali
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This is a story of two legendary men, Karagoz and Hacivat, who lived and died by their sense of humor. Bursa, 1330. A an ancient, crowded Roman city at the border of Byzantium. Changed hands 4 years ago and the small Ottoman tribe is just being transformed as a local state, on the remains of the old Eastern Roman Empire. The story takes place in an unrecorded period time, the last 2 months in the lives of two legendary Turkish stand-up comedians, Karagoz & Hacivat? They lived and died during the first clashes of the decaying Eastern Roman Empire and the first Ottomans of the 14th century Anatolia. Their stories and characters are adapted for traditional shadow theatre of the later Ottoman Empire, in modern Turkey and all over the Middle-East, Greece, and western Asia. Their legend and the truth about their tragic deaths are twisted and distorted, although their stingy humor still lingers on. After the the leader of the growing tribe of Ottomans, Orhan Gazi, notices the talents of two ... Written by Anonymous

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Hacivat és Karagöz  »

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$3,500,000 (estimated)
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Saha Dogru Giden Kervan
(Caravan To The Shah)
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A Link To'day
20 March 2006 | by See all my reviews

Firstly, the movie is not in comedy genre at all, and not pretending to be. Director continue his vivid style in costume, place, speech and casting in his second big hit. He offers more than expected and screening a tale that the world of 'Hacivat ve Karagöz' simulate an alive one referencing today with its own details.

Some traditions lasting till 'day is a heritage from old tribes lived before Ottoman Empire and Islam. These proved but not accepted truths has wounded a wide group of people in Turkey because of the position of Islam in Turkey; old shaman belief, former folks, lost traditions, secretly surviving believes and suppressed nations in Anatolia..

The movie points out bribe, position of women in society, naiveness of religious belief, statesman's tricks, cultural mixture, habits transferred by nations and humor as a criticism.

Lastly, this tale, a milestone for Turkish cinema with it's unique technique, is a political review with a historical base which stars two famous shadow players.


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