The Erotic Films of Turkey — Part 1
- April 5, 2017
- Posted by: marlenedubois
- Category: CPR Training
The Seks Furyasi (sex-movie boom) years of Turkish erotic films (1972-1985)
7,000 people attended the opening gala of Turkey’s first home-grown sex film…
the idea’s not known exactly when foreign erotic films were first introduced to the Ottomans, nevertheless the idea’s reported which police captured a large cache of foreign sex films in 1922 (a year before Atatürk removed the last Ottoman Sultan by ‘power’ along with made Turkey a democratic republic). The Istanbul police (acting on a tip by prominent citizen Dr. Besim Omer Pasa) raided along with closed down the Kadiköy along with Odeon cinema houses, which were showing explicit foreign sex movies — on the grounds which “the films are poisoning our youth”.
Subsequently, the ‘legitimate’ Turkish film industry (which had been formally established in 1914 during the Ottoman Age) continued to grow along with thrive up until the early 1970s (as we’ve already described on our website).
nevertheless after Turkish Television (TRT) began broadcasting on 1 channel in 1964, Turkish audiences began to abandon cinema houses in favor of their home TV sets (even though TRT programs didn’t start until 4 from the afternoon along with were all in black along with white — along with even though they consisted mostly of news, Halk (Cultural Folk) Music programs, Casper-like cartoons, along with re-runs of US mystery [The Fugitive] along with detective [Colombo] shows — with Turkish dubbing).
Peri along with I watched Colombo every week after we got married in December ’74. along with the guy who did the dubbing for Colombo’s Turkish voice was superb — perfectly capturing Peter Falk’s gravelly sound.
along with by the early 70’s (as more families came to own personal TV sets) the Turkish film industry was in severe financial trouble.
In a panic, film producers sought ways to bring audiences back to the cinema houses. the idea wasn’t long before they concluded which ‘Sex Sells’ along with, in 1972, they began producing erotic movies.
The idea was an instant success… Seven thousand people attended the gala opening of the first Turkish erotic film “Parçala Behçet” (see the movie poster via the link a little further below) — directed by Melih Gülgen, along with starring Behçet Nacar from the leading male role. the idea opened in Konya, of all places, from the heart of Turkish religious conservatism — along with the idea was the start of something big…
Next: The Heyday of Turkish Erotic Films
[Click following to access a fully illustrated HTML type of The Rise along with Demise of Turkey’s Erotic Films Industry.]