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Üçüncü Sayfa (1999)

Isa is beaten up after being accused of stealing $50. When his landlord demands the back rent, Isa gets angry and shoots him. The police round up the tenants, but are not suspicious of him.... See full summary »


Zeki Demirkubuz


Zeki Demirkubuz
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Credited cast:
Basak Köklükaya ... Meryem
Ruhi Sari Ruhi Sari ... Isa Demirci
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Erol Babaoglu ... Man at the Cafe
Zeki Demirkubuz
Emrah Elçiboga Emrah Elçiboga ... Mafia Boss (Reis)
Tuba Erdem Tuba Erdem
Serdar Orçin ... House-Owner's Son
Cengiz Sezici Cengiz Sezici ... House-Owner
Ayten Soykök Ayten Soykök ... Agency Secretary
Riza Sönmez Riza Sönmez ... TV Series Director (as Riza Sonmez)
Ümit Çirak Ümit Çirak ... (as Umit Cirak)


Isa is beaten up after being accused of stealing $50. When his landlord demands the back rent, Isa gets angry and shoots him. The police round up the tenants, but are not suspicious of him. Back in his room, Isa collapses and is helped by his pretty neighbor Meryem, who also pays the $50 when the thugs return. Isa promises to do anything for her, and tells her about his job as a TV extra. Meryem's husband has left her with her two young children, while he is away working. When her husband returns and beats Meryem up, she asks Isa to kill him. Written by Will Gilbert

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29 October 1999 (Turkey) See more »

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I triti selida See more »

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Stark Portrayal of Life on İstanbul's Breadline
5 October 2015 | by l_rawjalaurenceSee all my reviews

Structurally speaking ÜÇÜNCÜ SAYFA (THE THIRD PAGE) contains strong echoes of director Zeki Demirkubuz's previous film MASUMİYET (INNOCENCE) (1997) in its portrayal of a doomed love-affair between soap opera extra İsa (Ruhi Sarı) and his married neighbor Meryem (Başak Köklükaya). The story is a straightforward one: Meryem comes across İsa unconscious in his own apartment after İsa has murdered his landlord (Cengiz Seziçi) in cold blood. The two of them become close to one another; and their relationship strengthens once Meryem's husband Yaşar (Şemistan Kaya) comes home and starts beating her up. İsa and Meryem resolve to kill Yaşar in cold blood, but the plan doesn't go as either of them had foreseen.

The basic plot is set against a soap opera in which İsa plays several bit-parts, involving the heroic İbrahim (Bülent Düzgünoğlu). This is a cheap and cheerful production using a skeleton crew and a camera operator sitting in a wheelchair. A script girl reads out the dialogue that the actors simply repeat. None of the actors - except, perhaps, the leads - are professional; the production pays amateurs to fill the small roles to cut costs down. The device enables director Demirkubuz to make some trenchant points about the similarities - and more significantly, the differences - between life and art. Soap operas can be wrapped up at the end of each episode; human lives cannot. This is one of the destructive consequences of the mass media today, as it offers visions of perfection that few people can fulfill. Nonetheless people clamor to be involved in the soap, as witnessed on two occasions during the film where prospective actors are interviewed direct to camera about possible future prospects. They might not be qualified for the task, but at least they are cheap.

Yet Demirkubuz is not always so negative about the media and its consequences. On at least three occasions, including the end credits, we either see or hear sequences from classic Yeşilçam films. Their stories might be clichéd, their plots repetitive; but they have the power to shape people's lives in positive fashion, offering a vision of completeness that simply doesn't happen in real life. Sometimes art can tell us about life, especially where love- affairs are concerned. İsa understands the power of movies to affect his personal psychology, which explains why he has posters and photos of movies past and present plastered across his apartment walls, including a large color poster of an action thriller starring 70s tough guy Cüneyt Arkın. Although physically diminutive, İsa can at least imagine what a hero's life must be like.

By contrast the world of contemporary politics seems remote and uncaring. The film begins with a violent sequence in which İsa is beaten up by a gang-leader, having been unable to pay the $50 dollars İsa owes. On one of the room walls there is a picture of the then Prime Minister Tansu Çiller smiling at the camera. That image of perfection contrasts starkly with the violence taking place in the room. On another occasion President Süleyman Demirel is shown on television talking about an equal and just society in which everyone should have a voice; no one in the kıraathane listens to him as they gamble and subsequently fight with one another. In the underworld of İstanbul, politics simply has no meaning, especially as broadcast on the media.

The film ends with a dedication "To the defeated, to the forgotten," as well as to technical director Ajlan Altuğ. One thing is certain - after watching this powerful piece, we certainly cannot forget the lives of at least two defeated and forgotten protagonists.

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