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Date produced: 1968

Filmmaker(s):

Artun Yeres

Jak Şalom

Duration:

9 minutes 17 seconds

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Country of Production:

Turkey

Languages:

Turkish

Format:

16mm

Colour:

B&W

Sound Notes:

Optical

Awards/Recognition:

Sinematek Dijital Sinema Kütüphanesi [Sinematek Digital Cinema Library]

Description:

“Beyoğlu 68 Üzerine Beyoğlu’nu filme çekmeye karar verdik. Artun yönetecek, ben kamerayı kullanacaktım. Güç bela birkaç kutu pelikülle 16 mm.lik bir kamera edindik ve Mayıs 68’de Beyoğlu’na çıktık. Artun bana kaydedilmesini istediği şeyleri gösteriyor, ben çekiyordum. Amaç tüketim toplumunu eleştirmekti ama senaryo yoktu. İşin kurguda bağlanacağını biliyorduk […].” Jak Şalom, sinematek.tv: http://sinematek.tv/beyoglu-68/ (25 October 2019).

“On Beyoğlu 68: ‘We decided to film Beyoğlu. Artun had to direct it and I was responsible for the camera operations. We hardly found a box of unexposed film as well as a 16mm camera and started wandering around Beyoğlu. Artun was telling me what to shoot and I was recording. The purpose was to critique consumer society, but there was no script. We knew that we need to deal with it during the process of montage’ […].” Jak Şalom, sinematek.tv: http://sinematek.tv/beyoglu-68/ (25 October 2019).

Resources:

Soner, Ahmet. “Tarihçe”. Belgesel Sinema, (Spring-Summer 2003) Vol: 3.

Locations:

  • Beyoğlu, Istanbul/Turkey (Filming)

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Screenings:

  • 2. Hisar Kısa Film Yarışması [The 2nd Hisar Short Film Contest]at Robert Kolej Saatli Bina [Robert College, Albert Long Hall], 1968, Beşiktaş/Istanbul, Turkey.
  • Sinematek Derneği Gösterimi [Sinematek Society Screenings] at Sinematek Derneği Mis Sokak Lokali [The Club of Sinematek Society, Mis Street], 1969, Beyoğlu/Istanbul, Turkey.

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Viewing Notes:

The Prime Minister of Turkey, Süleyman Demirel who was in office between the years 1965 and 1971, appears in the film. Demirel was going to the Taksim Square to place a wreath on the Republic Monument on May 19—the Commemoration of Atatürk, Youth and Sports Day in the country.

Yeres and Şalom’s film uses a series of popular English, French, and Turkish songs as non-diegetic sound. The songs whose parts were integrated were the daily routines of Turkish radios in the 1960s. To illustrate, one recognizable sound in the film is The Beatles classic: I’m Only Sleeping (1966).

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