History of Turkish cinema in Lebanese collector’s archive

16/09/2016 (Hurriyet – Turkey): Lebanese collector and researcher Ebu Cude sheds light on the recent history of world cinema with his rich film archive – including the posters of many classic and obscure Turkish films. Cude, who rented the garage of a building in the Lebanese capital Beirut to hold his film archive, which he also uses as his office, said it started as a hobby but turned into a mission for cinema.
Cude said Turkish films featuring the most famous actors such as Cüneyt Arkın, Türkan Şoray, Fikret Hakan and Hülya Koçyiğit had been translated into Arabic for Lebanese viewers since the 1960s. “At least 600 out of nearly 12,000 film posters in my archive belong to Turkish cinema,” he added. Lebanese viewers first met Turkish cinema with the 1964 film “Istanbul’da Aşk” (Love in Istanbul), written and directed by Turkish-origin Egyptian director Seyfeddin Şevket. After this film’s success another Turkish film “Ölüm Vadisi” (Valley of Death), starring Cüneyt Arkın and Lebanese actress and singer Sabah, were released to acclaim in the Arab world, Cude said…




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