The Colorful Leak of Postmodernism in the Turkish Cinema Onur Ünlü Narratives: The Reflection of the Concept of Postmodernism in Cinema

The Colorful Leak of Postmodernism in the Turkish Cinema Onur Ünlü Narratives: The Reflection of the Concept of Postmodernism in Cinema

Berceste Gülçin Özdemir (İstanbul University, Turkey)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-8491-9.ch015

Abstract

Postmodernism is interpreted with an opposed thought about modernism which affects all of the art fields. Cinema art is affected from the discourse created by postmodernism. As a result of the changes of narrative strategies in film narratives by postmodernism, existing conventions in classical narration cinema have been differentiated. In this chapter, Onur Ünlü's, who has given artworks in New Era Turkish Cinema, Güneşin Oğlu and Celal Tan ve Ailesinin Aşırı Acıklı Hikayesi films are analyzed according to postmodern narrative strategies with postmodern genre film criticism. Arguments, which are used by Onur Ünlü in the plot of his two films, are discussed together with narrative strategies. How the postmodern narrative strategies such as intertextuality, collage, parody, pastiche, self-reflexivity are used in both of the films are analyzed with plot, characters, time, and space. In collaboration with basic elements of narrative, narrative strategy is mentioned with regard to New Era Turkish Cinema's progressing.
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The Reflection Of The Concept Of Postmodernism In Cinema

The concept of postmodernism is cited by Gordon Marshall in the field of sociology by the description of Zygmunt Bauman as follows: “Variety, contingency, and ambiguity are a continuous and irreducible pluralism of cultures, communal traditions, ideologies ‘lifestyles’ or ‘language games’” (Marshall, 2005: 593). In his book The Condition of Postmodernity (1990), David Harvey asks questions with the concept of postmodernism and provides that the reader internalizes the content:

Key Terms in this Chapter

Parody: Text written by ensuring that historical and sociological realities reach a sense of humor in the reader or spectator.

Simulacra: It means re-designing the modeling of the existing systems in reality.

Popular Culture: It is a culture that offers products to the consumption culture and helps consumers to consume these products frequently.

Reflexivity: Cinema gives reference to itself in films and thus presents the narrative to the spectators.

Pastiche: While parody creates irony, pastiche does not create irony and presents the imitation of previous genres.

Intertextuality: The explanation of the relationships between two or more texts with references.

Postmodernism: It is a concept that reveals its ideas and theories in a way that works contrary to modernist approaches and thoughts.

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