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Remake, Remix, Rip-Off: About Copy Culture & Turkish Pop Cinema (2014)

Turkey in the 1960s and 70s was one of the biggest producers of film in the world even though its film industry did not have enough written material to start with. In order to keep up with ... See full summary »


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Turkey in the 1960s and 70s was one of the biggest producers of film in the world even though its film industry did not have enough written material to start with. In order to keep up with the demand, screenwriters and directors were copying scripts and remaking movies from all over the world. Name any Western hit film, there is a Turkish version to it, be it Tarzan, Dracula, The Wizard of Oz, The Exorcist, Rambo, Superman or Star Trek. These quickly and low budget produced lookalike movies were adapted to the taste of local audiences with huge success in the Anatolian hinterland. What they lacked in equipment and budget they compensated through excessive use of manpower both behind and in front of the camera. Written by Anonymous

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1 October 2015 (USA) See more »

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Remake, Remix, Rip-Off See more »

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Fascinating Yet Inconsistent View on Turkish Pop Culture
24 March 2018 | by max-seitz-1990See all my reviews

Remake, Remix, Rip-Off is a German-Turkish co-production about the heyday of "Yesilcam" - the Turkish equivalent to Hollywood. Yesilcam was the name of a street in Istanbul, in which most film productions during the 1960-80s were made, sometimes several hundred each year. The documentary filmmaker Cem Kaya traced down dozens of people associated with Yeslca during its most vibrant years. In this documentary, the rise and fall of Yesilcam is depicted: the erratic years of unauthorized remakes during the 1960s and 1970s, as well as the political and social struggles, casting a shadow over Turkish cinema in later years. The documentary closes with a topical perspective on the contemporary Turkish production of movies and TV shows, highlighting the hostile workplace environment, that has already cost lives, due to exhaustion on set and flawed planning. Remake, Remix, Rip-Off might not be perfectly structured and lacks a clear message, but the unique premise and its way to celebrate the imaginativeness of Turkish cinema is stunning.

Overall 7/10 Full review on movie-discourse.blogspot.de

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