We’re off to see the unofficial Turkish ripoff of the Wizard, the wonderful unofficial Turkish ripoff of Oz…

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One wonders if Turkish gays are called “Friends of Aysa”.

Like many other Turkish “adaptations”, Ayşecik ve Sihirli Cüceler Rüyalar Ülkesinde (Little Ayşe and the Magic Dwarfs in the Land of Dreams) is one of those films I suspect gets your brain to secrete a coating of Teflon in a desperate attempt as not “sticking” to your memory.

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Follow the brown dirt road!
Follow the brown dirt road!

 

Director Tunç Basaran directed over 40 such films that thrust little Aysa into such “unofficial” retelling of fairy tales.

This version is subtitled and seems to have cuts here and there. Trust me, you won’t miss anything.

Pain Level: 8/10

Quality of Pain: Culture shock meets Synaptic breakdown.

Painjoyment™ Level: High. 

 

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2 responses to “We’re off to see the unofficial Turkish ripoff of the Wizard, the wonderful unofficial Turkish ripoff of Oz…

  • Peter

    This movie isn’t a ripoff of anything. It’s an adaptation of the same source material which MGM– and many other filmmakers, including L. Frank Baum himself in 1908– used to make their movies.

    Despite the addition of the non-canonical Cüceler, this hews more closely to the original book than the MGM version does, and is very much in the vein of the silent Oz films Baum made in the 19-teens.

    • The Cinémasochist

      Faithful to the original narrative or not, rights were not acquired.
      Outside the MGM film, Disney has been the sole proprietor of all the Oz books for the past century. Walt even announced that fact, as well as his intention to make more adaptations, in an appearance on the Mickey Mouse Club.

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