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Wednesday, October 16, 2013

The Law of the Border (1966) d. Lüfti Ö. Akad

Pervin Par plays the school teacher Ayse in The Law of the Border (d.  Lüfti Ö. Akad

Movie Review
The Law of the Border (1966)
 d. Lüfti Ö. Akad
World Cinema Foundation
Available on Hulu Plus Criterion Collection Channel

  And sometimes I watch a Turkish cowboys and indians type movie from 1966 that aren't actually in the Criterion Collection because I'm like "How many Turkish films can be on the Criterion Collection channel but not actually in the Criterion Collection proper?"  The answer is, "This movie."  It is OK though because this is actually a really interesting movie about life on the Turkish....Iraqi? Syrian?  It says "south east Turkey" on the World Cinema Foundation product page.

  I dunno it's cool.  The World Cinema Foundation page says this film inaugurated the era of New Turkish Cinema and it is clear that there is some influence of, what else, French New Wave.  It reminded me of a Pepe Le Moko.  The story revolves around a group of rough neck smugglers who try to do good but are "pulled back into it" in familiar fashion.  The performances are raw and edgy, and the actors are dirty.  It's very real, until you get to the climatic gun battle, at which point The Law of the Border turns into a shoot em up western.

 The restoration back story for The Law of the Border is pretty interesting.  Supposedly all copies of the film were "seized and destroyed" in the 1980 Turkish coup d'etat.  I can see why they did it.  The film is pretty sympathetic to the smuggler/anti-hero characters.  I guess you would call it subversive if you were a Turkish General.

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