Movie director (b. 1 October 1938, Istanbul - d. 18 December 2019, Istanbul). The author Pakize Başaran is his mother, the theatre actor Meriç Başaran is his sister. He studied for some time in Faculty of Literature. He worked as a translator. He was interested in cinema starting from young ages. At the age of seventeen he left home to take a boat to go to the United States of America to be a movie director; however he was caught in Adapazarı. He met the director Memduh Ün while studying in Faculty of Literature. Ün who read a scenario wrote by him asked him to be his assistant. He worked for Memduh Ün for whom he said “Whatever I learnt, I learnt from him.” Meanwhile for short periods he worked as an assistant of Lütfi Akad, Halit Refiğ, Atıf Yılmaz and Ertem Göreç.
In 1964 he worked with Orhan Kemal whose play Borusunu Öttüren he turned into a scenario. Later he shot the movies Kara Memet and Bekçi Murtaza. In 1966 he went to military service. He married the singer Füsun Önal and shot advertisement movies for some time. Later he turned to his paused movie director position with the movie Biri ve Diğerleri. This movie granted him Jury Special Prize in 1987 Antalya Film Festival and in 1988 Best Turkish Movie Prize of Istanbul Film Festival (known as Istanbul Cinema Days those days). Uçurtmayı Vurmasınlar movie directed by him in 1989 received many national and international awards in branches of Best Movie and Best Director including 8th International Istanbul Film Festival. Besides it became a candidate for candidate in Oscar’s best foreign movie section. After it, Piano Piano Bacaksız (1991) has to be mentioned. It also was as successful as Uçurtmayı Vurmasınların. Uzun İnce Bir Yol (1993), Sen de Gitme (1996), Kaçıklık Diploması (1998), Abuzer Kadayıf (2000) are other recognized works of Başaran.
Principal Films Of Which He Was Director:
On Korkusuz Adam (1964), Hayat Kavgası (1964), Kara Memet (1964), Bekçi Murtaza (1965), Horasan’ın Üç Atlısı (1965), Konyakçı (1965), On Korkusuz Kadın (1965), Vatan Kurtaran Aslan (1966), Fatih’in Fedaisi (1966), Kanunsuz Yol (1966), Elveda (1967), Gönüllü Kahramanlar (1968), Acı ile Karışık (1969), Tarkan (1969), Gönül Meyhanesi (1970), Küçük Hanımın Şoförü (1970), Gölgedeki Adam (1970), Üç Kral Serseri (1970), Cafer Bey (1970), On Küçük Şeytan (1971), Delioğlan (1972), Tehlikeli Görev (1972), Cesurlar (1972), Muhteşem Hırsız (1973), Ömer Hayyam (1973), Ben Böyle Doğdum (1973), Biri ve Diğerleri (1987), Uçurtmayı Vurmasınlar (1989), Uzun İnce Bir Yol (1991), Piano Piano Bacaksız (1992), Sen De Gitme (1995), Kaçıklık Diploması (1998), Abuzer Kadayıf (2000), Vesaire Vesaire (2008).
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