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Nezih Erdogan <[log in to unmask]>
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Fri, 27 Mar 1998 11:15:06 +0200
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There is a Turkish films made in the mid 80s.
_Adi Vasfiye_/_Vasfiye is Her Name_ (Atif Yilmaz, 1985).
The film starts with an outdoor scene in which a young writer (a
screenwriter?) is complaining about his block (of finding something to
write about) to an elderly man (the director?). His friend tells him that
everything has a story and a writer is supposed to be able to dig it
out. They stop in front of a poster on the wall. He points to the poster
and says: "See, this woman in the poster has a story, too!" This is the
picture of a singer (Mujde Ar) working in a "night club". He leaves the
writer at the spot wishing him "a nice dream" (which is the film we are
about to see). Someone approaches the writer and begins to tell him a
story about the woman, that is Vasfiye. Then he meets other men who also
know Vasfiye and have something to tell about her. (Each story is
shown in the fashion of a different genre of Turkish cinema). He begins
to realise that these are not _her_ stories, but male fantasies about her,
so he seeks Vasfiye to learn the "truth". He locates Vasfiye in
a night club and begs her to tell her truth. But Vasfiye remains
silent and gives him a flower with an enigmatic smile on her face.
Her manager (pimp?) thinks that he is aggressing her and he stabs him.
Wounded badly, the writer escapes from a door with the help of Vasfiye
and finds himself in front of the poster again. He tries to get in through
the poster (which served as a door when he escaped) but cannot succeed.
His wound has vanished. So, was it all a dream? But he finds the flower in
the pocket of his coat. He seems to know what to make of all that has
happened to him. The image freezes and is broken into pieces (just like a
shattered mirror).
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