There are a few certified classics in Turkish science fiction, but Dünyayı Kurtaran Adam towers over them all.
Translated as The Man Who Saves the World, and known to countless film buffs as Turkish Star Wars, Dünyayı Kurtaran Adam utilizes clips from Star Wars and stock newsreel footage of actual space flights, as well as music from the soundtracks of Raiders of the Lost Ark, Moonraker, Planet of the Apes, Flash Gordon, and others.
However, Dünyayı Kurtaran Adam is not simply a landmark work of culture-jamming genius; the acting, cinematography, and script reveals a multi-layered examination and celebration of the finest science fiction films of the Golden Age. Neither Roger Corman nor Ed Wood, Jr. ever dreamed of crafting such a magnificent space opera.
I was at a Ladies First luncheon event in Australia when I was asked to write about the landmark movie, Dünyayı Kurtaran Adam. My aunt had invited me to join her. I had never been to an all woman networking luncheon before and thought; What the heck, this should be interesting. And it actually was. One of the guest speakers, apparently a good friend of my aunt, gave an informative and lively talk about being a successful business woman in a field, the real estate market, that was dominated by men when she first started working. I was sidetracked from Faye’s talk by the two women sitting across from me who were wearing the most amazing hats. I think I spent half the luncheon staring at the two elaborate confections trying to figure out how they were constructed and balanced so the wearer could keep them on their heads. I am still at a loss. Sorry for the digression, now let me get back to the movie at hand.
You see, it’s all about two heroic Turkish astronauts who set out to defeat the evil that threatens the Earth. They are forced down to an alien planet ruled by an evil centuries-old wizard, who uses skeletons and zombies to terrorize the populace while he plots a devastating attack on our world (which he happens to be from, originally). There is a flash back giving viewers a bit of history on the wizard as a young man working as procurer of janitorial supplies for a casino in Las Vegas. His job was to find and then order from the company that had the best prices for the various supplies and products the casino’s janitorial staff would need including trash bags, cleaning soaps and detergents, toilet paper, and paper towels. Of course back when the movie was made in the early 1980’s, online stores didn’t exist as they do today. We’ll discuss that in more detail in the following page.