Ayşecik ve Sihirli Cüceler Rüyalar Ülkesinde

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Ayşecik ve Sihirli Cüceler Rüyalar Ülkesinde
Directed by Tunç Başaran
Produced by Özdemir Birsel
Written by Hamdi Değirmencioğlu, L. Frank Baum (uncredited film adaptation of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz)
Starring Zeynep Değirmencioğlu
Süleyman Turan
Metin Serezli
Suna Selen
Ali Şen
Cemal Konca
Music by Torgut Ören
Cinematography Rafet Şiriner, Mustafa Yılmaz
Distributed by Renkli
Release dates 1971
Running time 100 minutes (bootleg copies run 88 minutes with an obvious break in the material)
Country Turkey
Language Turkish

Ayşecik ve Sihirli Cüceler Rüyalar Ülkesinde (Little Ayşe and the Magic Dwarfs in the Land of Dreams) is a 1971 film by Turkish film director Tunç Başaran, an uncredited and very close adaptation by Hamdi Değirmencioğlu of L. Frank Baum's The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. The film was produced by Özdemir Birsel for Hisar (Citadel) Film.

One of the late films of a cycle of nearly forty films featuring Zeynep Değirmencioğlu (b. 1954; ret. 1974) as Ayşecik, many of which, like this one, thrust her into uncredited adaptations of famous stories, for example, Sinderella Külkedisi (Cinderella) (Süreyya Duru, 1971), Hayat Sevince Güzel [literally, "Loving makes life beautiful"] (Pollyanna) (Temel Gürsu, 1971), and the film whose success inspired this one, Pamuk Prenses ve 7 Cüceler (Snow White, or more literally "Cotton Princess") (Ertem Göreç, 1970).

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A little girl named Ayşa lives with her grandparents on a farm, where they often feed the chickens or harvest crops. One day, however, there is a terrible tornado. Her dog is locked inside, so she rushes back to the house. But at that moment, strong winds blow the cottage off its foundation and into the sky. When the house lands, she opens the front door and peeks outside. Given a kiss by the Northern Sorceress and promised aid by seven munchkins, she sets out to find the Great Wizard. Through the grasslands and forests, she encounters Korkuluk the Scarecrow and in the forest she meets Tin Woodman, and Cowardly Lion. Keşkin Zeka demands that they kill the Wicked Witch (Kötü Cadı) of the South (Suna Selen) in order to receive their wishes. But Ayşecik and the Lion are imprisoned in the witch's jail-house after their friends are destroyed by her army of soldiers. Aysecik comes into the jail-house, carrying a heavy, tin bucket but the sets it down as the wicked witch orders her to wash the floor. The girl trips over a string and her left shoe lands on the floor, the wicked witch picks up the shoe and teases Aysecik. Ayesecik picks up her bucket of water and throws it at her, the witch screams as her servants run away but then she begins to tremble, then she finally evaporates into thin air. Back at the Emerald City, Keşkin Zeka admits to being a fraud, delivers trinkets to Ayşecik's friends, and leaves her behind in his balloon escape, so they set off on their journey again, meeting again the china dolls, the hammer-wielding cavemen (loosely based on Baum's Hammerheads) and then start to dance, then Aysecik ends up home.

Reception[edit]

The movie has enjoyed a second life on the internet. A copy of the film synched to Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon has made the rounds of internet video sites.[1]

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