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Zerrin Egeliler's only minor role --
'Dila Hanım' (1977),
a conventional film,
Türkan Şoray and Kadir İnanır,
in which Zerrin Egeliler
played a secondary role
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Zerrin Egeliler is a psycho...
in Çıldırtan Kadın
(Woman Driven Mad) 1978
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Zerrin's Memorable Movies
Zerrin Egeliler made a ton of movies in a very short time -- as we mentioned in Part 3, The Bare Movie Facts...
And, in one sense, all of her movies are 'memorable'... because, taken together, they helped establish her as the all-time Top Banana female in the history of 'erotik' Turkish films.
She was the highest paid one too... surpassing Zafir Seba's $10,000 per movie (at a time when per family Turkish incomes were less than $1,000 a year).
Zerrin Egeliler made 60+ movies in her short career. Her earnings for 60+ movies in that era were... Well, even if we use Zafir Seba's low-ball $10,000 per movie figure, Egeliler's earnings still amount to more than the earnings of more than 60,000 Turkish families living in that era!
Yes, Egeliler made a small number of conventional films, such a Dila Hanım in 1977 (see movie poster above left). But let's be honest...if those conventional movies were the only mark she left on the Turkish Cinema, it would be a miniscule mark. 'Erotizm' was the name of her game, and she won it hands down...
So let's dip into the overflowing treasure trove of Zerrin Egeliler 'erotik' films -- and see what we come out with...
Kadersizler (The Unfortunate Ones) -- 1979
This 1979 movie is not what we'd call a typical erotik Turkish film. In fact it doesn't contain one erotik scene until the film is more than one-third done. It's more a morality play than anything else...
The film opens with three suburban neighborhood pals in the local automobile junk yard, bargaining with the yard's owner for used parts -- from which they plan to build themselves some kind of makeshift transportation. You recognize them as Kazım Kartal [acting the part of Kedi Salih], Sümer Tilmaç (as Pendikli Deli Ferhat), and Mehmet Özden (as Tarak Niyazi). And, you quickly understand that they are nearly-harmless small time grifters, living a hand-to-mouth-existence. The trio might have been decent folk, given different circumstances. But, that's not to be...
To establish a sense of the film's bleakness, Director Aykut Düz has Niyazi visibly 'make water' during the movie's opening scene (facing away at a 3/4 angle) -- and we soon learn that Salih is short of cash and that Deli Ferhat just got out of jail/gaol. Niyazi, who's never had a lover in his life, can't stop bragging about his many 'conquests'.
As the plot unwinds, we learn that Salih lives in a gecekondo on the outskirts of town with his beloved daughter Sevgi (played by Begüm Bahar) -- and that Salih's pal Deli Ferhat is in love with her (and she with him), all unbeknownst to her dad.
When Deli Ferhat catches an overweight real-estate agent showing romantic intentions toward Sevgi, he goes berserk and beats the agent up -- and robs him to boot. When the police arrive, the agent is too terrified to testify against Deli Ferhat -- so life goes on as usual, until...
One day (about 20 minutes into the movie) our threesome of small-time crooks gets word that some 'big time operators' are moving into their territory from Malatya -- offering gambling (and comfort women) to the local population.
At that point, the movie takes a strong turn toward violence, erotizm, and tragedy...
In Part 5, More of Zerrin Egeliler's Memorable Movies -- wrapping up the tragic morality movie, Kadersizler (The Unfortunate Ones)...
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