Ertem Eğilmez

Yönetmen, Yönetmen, Yapımcı

18 Şubat, 1929
21 Eylül, 1989
Istanbul University Faculty of Economics

Movie director and producer (B. 18 February 1929, Istanbul – D. 21 September 1989, Istanbul). He completed his primary and secondary education in Konya. Upon graduating from Istanbul University Faculty of Economics, he set up a shop and worked as a grocer.

After returning from military service in 1954 he founded Çağlayan Yayınevi (T.N. Çağlayan Publishing House) with Refik Erduran. The same year he published the comic called “Tef” in which many caricaturists were raised including Refik Erduran and Haldun Sel. He marked a new epoch in the world of publishing with his pocket books. He let the famous author Kemal Tahir writes detective novels with the pen name “Mayk Hammer”.

He founded in 1961 the movie company called “Efe”, in 1964 “Arzu Film” company and started his cinema career. He became a producer with the movie Yaman Gazeteci and a director with the movie Fatoş’un Fendi Tayfur’u Yendi. Although he took a chance in all genres, he mostly directed funny comedies easy to watch and which attracted attention of wide masses. His movie Bir Millet Uyanıyor received the prize of  “Best Historical Movie” in 1967 Antalya Altın Portakal Film Festival. After 1972 he turned towards emotional comedies. In these movies in which he usually used the same casting and which would be called as “Arzu Film comedies” in the future, he sometimes included social critics. His movie Canım Kardeşim shot in 1973 drew attention with its humanistic attitude, atmosphere to mix sadness with comedy and poetic expression it reached in some parts.

He adopted Rıfat İlgaz's novel Hababam Sınıfı in 1975 to the silver screen. Upon the success of this movie he shot four additional movies called Hababam Sınıfı Uya­nıyor, Hababam Sınıfı Sınıfta Kaldı, Haba­bam Sınıfı Tatilde and finally Haba­bam Sınıfı Güle Güle. Eğilmez, who presented the musical titled Kanlı Nigâr in the season of 1980-81, returned to cinema in 1985 after a break, with the movie Namuslu, which was a combination of usual comedy style and actual topics. This movie, which attracted broad attention, was followed by the commercially unsuccessful Aşık Ol­dum (1986) movie. The movie Arabesk he shot in 1988 acquired the largest box office of Turkish cinema at that time.

Ertem Eğilmez left a mark as a producer and director who perceived changes in Turkish cinema on time, renewed himself, according to these changes and felt the pulse of the audience. He contributed to realization of production of hazardous movies and reintroduced some directors and actors to Turkish cinema. In Yavuz Turgul’s words, Eğilmez, “The Unforgettable Director of Love Movies”, had an influence on the cinematographic success of important actors such as Münir Özkul, Tarık Akan, Şener Şen, Kartal Tibet, Kemal Sunal, Metin Akpınar, Zeki Alasya, Halit Akçatepe, Emel Sayın, Güzin Özipek, Adile Naşit, Tugay Toksöz, Ayşen Gruda and Şevket Altuğ.

Eğilmez who was right in the middle of traditional Yeşilçam cinema production relations is also described as a school. He learnt cinema by trial and error and loved his profession. It is stated in various sources that he contributed to the development of Kriton Ilyadis, one of the best cinematographers of Turkey, during 12 years of collaboration.

AWARDS: “Best Historical Movie”, Antalya Altın Portakal Film Festival, 1967; “Best Director”, Antalya Altın Portakal Film Festival, 1970; “Best 2nd Movie”, Antalya Altın Portakal Film Festival, 1972.


SOME OF THE MOVIES HE DIRECTED: Arabesk (1988), Aşık Oldum (1985), Namuslu (1984), Hababam Sınıfı Güle Güle (1981), Mavi Boncuk (1974), Oh Olsun (1973), Yalancı Yarim (1973), Canım Kardeşim (1973), Kalbimin Efendisi (1970), Küçük Hanımefendi (1970), Sürtük (1970), Sürtüğün Kızı (1967), Seni Bekleyeceğim (1966), Seni Sevmiyorum (1966), Ben Bir Sokak Kadınıyım (1966), Bir Millet Uyanıyor (1966), Fatoş'un Fendi Tayfur'u Yendi (1964)

SCENARIOS: Milyarder (1986), Mavi Boncuk (1974), Salako (1974), Boş Çerçeve (1969), Ölmeyen Aşk (1966)



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