Dünyayı Kurtaran Adam, a.k.a. Turkish Star Wars

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There are a few certified classics in Turkish science fiction, but Dünyayı Kurtaran Adam towers over them all.

I was first turned onto Dünyayı Kurtaran Adam by my good friend Niles Ingram who had pitched story related to the development of the submarine and thought the concept fit in nicely with the direction NIA was taking with his work. It started with a conversation about inventions in which the inventor is killed by his/her invention. Take for instance Horace Lawson Hunley, a US Confederate marine engineer and inventor of the first combat submarine, named of course after the inventor, the CSS Hunley. During routine exercises the submarine had already sunk twice. This did not stop Lawson Hunley from commanding the vessel himself. Unfortunately the submarine failed to resurface drowning not only Lawson Hunley, but also seven other crew members in 1863.

If this submarine accident occurred today, as a US flagged vessel, the families or relatives of the drowned seamen would be advised to seek maritime injury lawyers so the rights of the deceased are protected and the survivors receive the compensation they deserve. At the time of the submarine accident, the Jones Act the body of law that defines the legal rights of sailors who are injured and the surviving family members of seamen who are killed while working on board a floating vessel was not yet enacted. You can see how Dünyayı Kurtaran Adam’s latest work involving the development of technology might have been influenced by this true story.

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.

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