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From the historical movie database of Turkey
Hürriyet Gazetesi selects
The Top 10 Turkish Movies of All Time

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Turkish Movie Database -- Hürriyet Gazetesi's List of the 10 Best Turkish Movies (on VCD and DVD), September 2007
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The Ten Best Movies
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On Friday's... Hürriyet Newspaper publishes a supplemental section simply entitled CUMA; FRIDAY -- and, for as long as we can remember, it has always included a lead article selection of "The 10 Best Turkish" this or "The 10 Best Turkish" that.

It's an appealing (and eclectic) series of selections, and we check it out, religiously, every week -- sometimes incorporating what we find there into the pages of your favorite language learning website. (You know the one we mean, don't you?)

For example, we've highlighted the 10 Best Turkish Cheeses, the 10 Best Turkish Pide Bread Purveyors, the 10 Best Turkish Pizza Parlors, the 10 Best Turkish Wines, etc. on our Turkish Food pages -- on several past occasions.

Recently, because of our interest in Turkish movies of almost every stripe, we were again attracted to Hurriyet's CUMA supplement, which this time contained the full-page article, "The 10 Best Turkish Films of All Time" (See the complete Top 10 movie list above, right).

Nihal Bengisu Karaca
Turkish Movie Database -- Movie-writer Nihal Bengisu Karaca is too pretty to be all covered up like that...

The jury that selected the 10 best movies for the article was made up of distinguished Turkish movie critics and writers (7 men -- and 3 women, one of whom, Nihal Bengisu Karaca, is a tesettürlü member in good standing of SİYAD [Sinema Yazarları Derneği] -- Turkey's Cinema Writers Association).

We feel that the jury's 10 best movies selection was a little top heavy in favor of more recent Turkish films, but we don't disagree strongly with the list -- because it did at least include such vintage Turkish film classics as Sevmek Zamanı; Time to Love (1971) and Yol; The Road (1981)... and, it also included one of our favorite tear-jerker Turkish love story movies 'Selvi Boylum Al Yazmalım' (released in 1977) which starred Türkan Şoray, Kadir İnanır, and Ahmet Mekin.

Selvi Boylum Al Yazmalım

The title, which is surely untranslatable without help from a Turkish friend, literally means something like, "My Very Tall Man, My Woman in the Fringe-decorated Red-tinged Head-cloth". [Translation Hints: A selvi is an elongated Mediterranean cypress tree, boylu means tall, al (in this case) means 'red', and a yazma (in this case) refers to the scarf-like cloth that Turkish village girls first decorate along the edge -- and then wear over their heads.] The 'very tall man' of the title is Kadir İnanır, of course, and the woman, Türkan Şoray. But, usually, the film's title in English is greatly simplified... seen as "The Girl with the Red Scarf".

Navigate to our affectionate examination of Selvi Boylum Al Yazmalım together with pictures and details of the players, the movie/film plot summary, and a movie/film clip -- by clicking the illustration at right...

Selvi Boylum Al Yazmalım
The Ten Best Turkish Movie List includes the love story film 'Selvi Boylum Al Yazmalım' (The Girl with the Red Scarf)
The Girl with the Red Scarf


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    We are extremely grateful to
    the following movie critics and film historians for the
    Turkish-language source movie-material
    on which some of this page is based:
    Cihan Demirci, Metin Demirhan, Giovanni Scognamillo,
    and Ağah Özgüç.
    We also extend special thanks to
    the movie and film content providers and webmasters
    at the following Turkish websites:
    Sinematurk.com, Telifhaklari.gov.tr, Turksinemasi.net,
    FotoAjans.com, Superresim.com,
    and Kimkimdir.gen.tr

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