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Date produced: 1979

Filmmaker(s):

Kaya Tanyeri

Duration:

31 minutes 14 seconds

Country of Production:

Turkey

Languages:

Turkish

Format:

8mm

Colour:

Kodacolor

Sound Notes:

Optical

Awards/Recognition:

Sinematek Dijital Sinema Kütüphanesi [Sinematek Digital Cinema Library]

Description:

“1978 yapımı Vedat Türkali’nin senaryosu yazdığı Süreyya Duru’nun yönettiği Güneşli Bataklık filminin kamera arkasında çekilen 1979 yapımı bir belgeseldir. İlk defa 1. Uluslararası İşçİ Filmleri Festivali kapsamında gösterilmiştir. Kaya Tanyeri tarafından festival komitesine verilen 8mm filmler, dijital hale getirilmiş 25 yıl sonra ilk defa gösterilmiştir.” Sinematek.tv: http://sinematek.tv/gunese-donuk-kamera-1979/ (9 November 2019).

“It is a behind-the-scenes documentary of Güneşli Bataklık (1978) [Sun over the Swamp] whose scenarist is Vedat Türkali and director is Süleyman Duru, made in 1979. For the first time, The 1st International Workers’ Films Festival screened the film. The 8mm film given by Kaya Tanyeri to the festival committee was digitized and screened 25 years after its production first.” Sinematek.tv: http://sinematek.tv/gunese-donuk-kamera-1979/ (9 November 2019).

Resources:

http://sinematek.tv/1-mayis-77-1977/ (1 November 2019).

Locations:

  • Istanbul (Filming)

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Screenings:

  • 1. Uluslararası İşçi Filmleri Festivali [The 10th International Labour Film Festival] at Fransız Kültür Merkezi [French Cultural Center], Yeşilçam Sineması [Yeşilçam Cinema], Halkevi Sinema Salonu [People’s House Movie Theatre], May 1-7, 2006, Beyoğlu/Istanbul, Turkey.

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Viewing Notes:

The behind-the-scene documentary is an amateur film based on the individual efforts of the filmmaker who was a pharmacist at the time. Tanyeri’s shootings consist of interviews with some of the crew members working on the set, as well as some stars and the scenarist Vedat Türkali. Although the set footages of the film—Güneşli Bataklık (1978)—were largely used, one thematic focus of the documentary is the set works’ working conditions in the 1970s in Turkey.

Both the female lead and the scenarist of Güneşli Bataklık refers to the film, which is what the behind-the-scenes documentary is about on the surface level, as a “moral” work. This reference needs a specific contextualization as long as Yeşilçam (the full production and distribution model of filmmaking in the early 1960s and 1970s in Turkey). The “moral work” is a definition in contrast to the erotic film cycle of Yeşilçam ("Green Pine") dominating the market at the time.

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