Zerrin Dogan and Levent Gursel: The Turkish Stars Who Shook the World
If you are a fan of Turkish cinema, you probably know the names of Zerrin Dogan and Levent Gursel. They were the leading actors of the first Turkish film that included a hardcore scene, Öyle Bir Kadın Ki (She is Such a Woman), released in 1979. The film was a sensation at the time, attracting millions of viewers and sparking a wave of pornography in Turkey. But who were Zerrin Dogan and Levent Gursel, and what happened to them after their controversial debut?
Zerrin Dogan was born in 1951 in Istanbul, Turkey. She started her career as a model, appearing in various magazines and commercials. She also participated in beauty contests, winning the Miss Turkey title in 1975. She then decided to pursue acting, and landed her first role in Askin Kanunu (The Law of Love) in 1978. She played a young woman who falls in love with a married man, and has to face the consequences of her affair.
However, her breakthrough came in 1979, when she starred in Öyle Bir Kadın Ki, directed by Naki Yurter. The film was about the sexual adventures of a married couple on vacation, who get involved with a mysterious woman (played by Dogan) and a criminal gang. The film featured explicit sex scenes between Dogan and Gursel, which were unprecedented in Turkish cinema. The film was a huge hit, drawing more than four million viewers and breaking box office records. It also sparked a controversy, as some critics and authorities condemned it as immoral and obscene.
Levent Gursel: From Actor to Director
Levent Gursel was born in 1954 in Ankara, Turkey. He started his career as an actor, appearing in various films and TV shows. He also worked as a dubbing artist, lending his voice to foreign actors. He met Zerrin Dogan on the set of Esmerin Adi Sarisinin Tadi (The Name of the Brunette is the Taste of the Blonde) in 1979, where they played a couple who swap partners with another couple.
Later that year, they co-starred in Öyle Bir Kadın Ki, which made them famous overnight. Gursel played the role of a husband who cheats on his wife with Dogan's character, and gets involved in a robbery plot. The film showcased his acting skills and his physical attributes, as he performed several nude scenes with Dogan. The film also marked his debut as a director, as he co-directed some scenes with Yurter.
The Aftermath of Öyle Bir Kadın Ki
After the success of Öyle Bir Kadın Ki, Zerrin Dogan and Levent Gursel became the most sought-after actors in Turkey. They appeared in several films together, such as Ya Sundadir Ya Bunda (Either Here or There), Ilik Ilik (Warm Warm), and Intikam Kadini (The Woman of Revenge). They also starred in other films separately, such as Talihli Amele (The Lucky Worker) for Dogan, and Kiralik Katil Keko Londra'da (Keko the Hired Killer in London) for Gursel.
However, their fame also brought them troubles. They faced legal issues for their participation in Öyle Bir Kadın Ki, as some prosecutors accused them of violating public morals and obscenity laws. They also faced social stigma and harassment from some conservative groups and individuals who disapproved of their work. They also had to deal with personal problems, such as drug addiction and relationship issues.
Their careers declined after the 1980 Turkish coup d'état, which imposed strict censorship and repression on the media and culture. Many of their films were banned or cut by the authorities, and they had difficulty finding work. They also faced competition from younger and more popular actors who emerged in the 1980s. d282676c82