Loss of familiarity, loss of the self: an overview of Yeşilçam through Kanun Namına, Gecelerin Ötesi and Suçlular Aramızda
CitationKESİRLİ, A. (2012). Loss of familiarity, loss of the self: an overview of Yeşilçam through Kanun Namına, Gecelerin Ötesi and Suçlular Aramızda. In ZAHZAH, O., SOTNICK, M., COMPOY, A. (eds.). Genre: An International Journal for Literature and the Arts. Long Beach, California State University, Volume 31. pp. 76-94.
Yeşilçam is an era in Turkish cinema that reached its peak point in the 1950s and slowly faded away in the 1970s. Throughout its golden age, it reformed both popular culture and everyday life in Turkey. By taking inspiration from this era, this paper analyzes Kanun Namina (In the Name of Law, Lütfi Akad, 1952), Gecelerin Otesi (Beyond the Nights, Metin Erksan, 1960) and Suclular Aramizda (Criminals are among Us, Metin Erksan, 1964) and discusses how the cultural, social and political environment in Turkey at the time are reflected in these films. In this context, the paper looks at these films as a symptom of the establishment of a capitalist economy in Turkey, as well as the westernization of everyday life.