Friday, December 9, 2011
Turkish "Star Wars," Turkish "Rocky" and Turkish "E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial"
Recently, Paul and I had lunch with Frazer Bradshaw, who was the director of photography for These Amazing Shadows. Frazer is always full of interesting film related stories. He told us about the incredible Turkish remake of Star Wars (see above). Here is the lowdown:
"The Turkish-made film commonly known as Turkish Star Wars is notorious for it's bootlegging of Star Wars clips. Released in 1982, Dünyayı Kurtaran Adam (AKA: Turkish Star Wars or The Man Who Saves the World) was created in Turkey during a period of massive political upheaval. American-made films were not easily acquired and were often remade with a Turkish cast and setting. The musical soundtrack is entirely lifted from Western film hits of the time, primarily using Raiders of the Lost Ark. There are also scenes incorporating the music of Moonraker, Flash Gordon, Battlestar Galactica, Planet of the Apes and Disney's The Black Hole." You can download the entire film at the Internet Archive: http://www.archive.org/details/TheManWhoSavedTheWorldturkishStarWars1982 Want more? Here come Turkish Rocky (my favorite) and Turkish E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial!