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@ngenc let me start my rant by saying I'm not American, in fact, the American Government supported a Coup that turned my country into a dictatorship for 20 years.
But the fact is your excuse is bulls**t. We see a lot of american movies in here simply because most of them get a WORLDWIDE DISTRIBUTION. So most american movies who are on these lists were seen by millions and enjoyed by most of them.
Just because this movie was a landmark in turkish cinema doesn't mean is one of the best films of the 90's or a film deserving of being on the Crime list.
I don't see dozens of South Americans, Africans, European or Oceanic films suddenly popping up on these lists.
What I do see is Turkish, Indian and Pakistanese films entering these list faster and faster when very few people actually saw said films outside their home country's!!!!
HOW COME ONLY THESE 3 COUNTRIES HAVE HIDDEN GEMS???!!!!
While I have yet to see this film, I found a comment on Senses of Cinema that explains why it's rated so high and is considered of importance in the history of Turkish cinema:
Director Yavuz Turgul is often described as creating a bridge between the old directors from the Yesilcam days and the new generation of filmmakers. His Eskiya depicts a Kurdish outlaw emerging from decades in gaol and journeying to Istanbul to seek revenge on the man who betrayed him and stole his childhood sweetheart. In terms of narrative, themes and characterisation, Eskiya is heavily influenced by Yesilcam. However, it also breaks away from the technical lack often associated with this earlier period of Turkish cinema. Along with its high production values and sophisticated editing techniques never before harnessed in Turkish cinema, Eskiya was also the first Turkish production to use synchronous sound recording. Dubbing during post-production was a salient feature of the budgetary-challenged Yesilcam days and filmmaking in Turkey right up until the early ’90s.
There are similar films in the annals of American and European cinema that could also be considered "mediocre" by most fundamental standards, but retain their slot in history because of what they contributed in terms of influence and advancement in the art.
I'll have to agree with Monty, Kasparius et al here. I found it mediocre at best. Granted, it may very well have kickstarted Turkish cinema once again, but that's completely erroneous when we're judging the film on its own merits.
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In 2 official lists
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This movie ranks #15 in Hürriyet's The 100 Best Movies of Turkish Cinema
This movie ranks #49 in IMDb's 1990s Top 50