söndag 21 november 2010

Adsiz Cengaver (1970)

Arabian fantasy/peplum. Turkey. Starring Cüneyt Arkin, Nebahat Çehre, Altan Günbay & Behçet Nacar. Directed by Halit Refig.

Kalkavan Video (Germany). Widescreen. Turkish language.

A simpy wonderful arabian fantasy which also borrows heavily from italian pepla like Hercules Unchained and others. Cüneyt is the perfect adventure hero and the film is nicely shot and full of wild action, fantasy and loose women. Loved it - tukish adventure films really are the shit! Turkish genre cinema obviously has a lot more to offer than the Grade Z-turkeys and ripp-off films they are known for. Another big plus is the stunning widescreen print, which reveals that the alleged "primitve" look of turkish cinema in many cases have more to do with battered, poorly stored prints badly transfered to VCD and DVD. Or bootleg copies which are many generations away from the original. 4/5

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