Vintage Pulp Oct 25 2010
TU MAMA TAMBIEN
Back on the chain gang.

Women’s prison is such a rollercoaster ride. One minute you’re enjoying a water fight with other beautiful cons in the communal shower; the next you’re getting the rubber glove slapdown from a Barbie-coiffed matron. But with a little teamwork you can escape, even if you happen to be handcuffed to someone you don’t particularly like at first. Black Mama White Mama isn’t quite The Defiant Ones, but it’s got Pam Grier and Margaret Markov fleeing a blaxploitation neverland located somewhere between Hazzard County, Nicaragua, and the South China Sea, so it’s all good fun. It’s also got the killer Turkish one sheet you see above, which was made its run as Kadinlar Cehennemi, which means "women hell." Exactly. If you like b-movies, carve out a little time to watch this flick. It isn't particularly deep, but then neither are we. 

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Vintage Pulp May 19 2010
VLAD TEPID
Behçet the vampire slayer.

Above is a rare promo poster for Yaguz Figenli’s thriller Kara Boga, aka Black Bull, 1974, with Behçet Nacar and Yonca Yücel. You might not deduce this from the art, which features a woman sensually eating what looks like a Tostitos chip, but this is actually a vampire movie, a sort of polyester clad take on the legend of Vlad Tepes, aka Vlad the Impaler. Like a lot of Turkish movies from the seventies, this one has numerous flaws: the acting is over the top, the sound effects are bad, the music is distractingly symphonic (except for the percussive slow burners used for the love scenes), and the original celluloid has yellowed, which makes every frame look like it was shot through a slice of lemon. But there’s action aplenty and a lot to laugh at. Wanna see a guy get stabbed in the back but for some reason clutch his stomach before falling over dead? Got ya covered. Wanna see a hunchback whose hump is clearly two day's worth of laundry stuffed under his shirt? Check. Wanna see Vlad Tepes—Vlad the frickin' Impaler—suffer a brutal beatdown from a guy who looks like Mark Spitz? Then look no further. Let's just say this one really bites, but in an entertaining way. 

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Musiquarium Apr 8 2010
SONGS OF THE SIRENS
A song is worth a thousand pictures.


The other day we realized that nearly all of our femmes fatales released records at some point, so we have a megapost of sleeves today representing a fraction of these multi-talented women’s musical output. We’ve heard most of the music, believe it or not, and while its quality varies, we do suggest you check out both Marilyn Chambers and Reiko Ike—their simulated orgasms are quite pleasing to the, er, ears.

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Vintage Pulp Jan 13 2010
HAYAT VOLTAGE
Ottoman, Ottoman, Otto mighty mighty good man.

Assorted Turkish language pulps published by the pop culture magazine Hayat, circa 1960s and early 1970s. The authors are, top to bottom, Allison L. Burks, Gerald de Jean, William McGivern, Ngaio Marsh, William Irish, Mignon G. Eberhart, Nora Roberts, Ellery Queen (aka Daniel Nathan and Manford Lepofsky), John Dickson Carr, and Robert Bloch. 

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Musiquarium Jan 7 2010
TURKISH DELIGHT
Single from the Turkish prog rock band Ümit Aksu Orkestrasi, with an image of Barbara Bouchet on the sleeve, circa 1975. You can see images of Bouchet that are a bit less friction worn here and here.

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Vintage Pulp Sep 15 2009
PAZAR LOVE TRIANGLE

Assorted Pazar covers. Pazar was an erotic magazine printed in Turkey. These examples are circa 1973. You can see what’s inside a typical issue here.     

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Vintage Pulp Jul 29 2009
TO THE DEVIL A DAUGHTER
Will the real Seytan please stand up.

We shared the U.S. poster for The Exorcist a while ago—today we have the striking Turkish promo art. According to IMDB The Exorcist, aka Seytan, didn’t play in Turkey until 1981—eight years after its American release. We usually trust IMDB, but this time we have it on good authority they are mistaken. The Exorcist played in Turkey in 1974, and somehow left filmgoers unimpressed, opening the door for a clan of enterprising locals to make a shot-for-shot Turkish-language duplicate. We use the term duplicate loosely. The second Seytan is to the original what your imbecilic hunchbacked twin is to you. Except where your twin is firmly locked in the attic and you only see him those occasional mornings when you slide a bowl of gruel into the dark corner where he’s chained, Seytan somehow escaped confinement to offend the eyes and sensibilities of good people everywhere. We hear Turkey is seeking entry into the European Union. Based on this human rights violation, we vote no.

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Vintage Pulp Jul 20 2009
TOP HAYAT

Assorted issues of the Turkish pop culture newspaper Hayat, circa late ’50s, 1960s and 1970s, with cover stars Stella Stevens, Barbara Bouchet, Mavis Kuhn, Belinda Lee, Ajda Pekkan, and Claudia Cardinale.     

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Vintage Pulp May 7 2009
INFERIOR NUMBERS
The 1960s ushered in a wave of James Bond imitators.


Spies with numerical identities proliferated like mad during the ’60s, as studios tried and failed to compete with Sean Connery’s ultracool 007. But even if most of the resulting films were bad, some of the promo art was striking. Here are fifteen great posters featuring various numbered and lettered pretenders to Bond's throne. You can find more here.

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Femmes Fatales Apr 17 2009
SATURATED FATMA
We'd like you to meet a very colorful person.


Award-winning Turkish actress-later-politician Fatma Girik, circa 1960s.

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June 18
1928—Earhart Crosses Atlantic Ocean
American aviator Amelia Earhart becomes the first woman to fly in an aircraft across the Atlantic Ocean, riding as a passenger in a plane piloted by Wilmer Stutz and maintained by Lou Gordon. Earhart would four years later go on to complete a trans-Atlantic flight as a pilot, leaving from Newfoundland and landing in Ireland, accomplishing the feat solo without a co-pilot or mechanic.
June 17
1939—Eugen Weidmann Is Guillotined
In France, Eugen Weidmann is guillotined in the city of Versailles outside Saint-Pierre Prison for the crime of murder. He is the last person to be publicly beheaded in France, however executions by guillotine continue away from the public until September 10, 1977, when Hamida Djandoubi becomes the last person to receive the grisly punishment.
1972—Watergate Burglars Caught
In Washington, D.C., five White House operatives are arrested for burglarizing the offices of the Democratic National Committee in the Watergate Hotel. The botched burglary was an attempt by members of the Republican Party to illegally wiretap the opposition. The resulting scandal ultimately leads to the resignation of President Richard Nixon, and also results in the indictment and conviction of several administration officials.
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1961—Rudolph Nureyev Defects from Soviet Union
Russian ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev defects at Le Bourget airport in Paris. The western press reported that it was his love for Chilean heiress Clara Saint that triggered the event, but in reality Nuryev had been touring Europe with the Kirov Ballet and defected in order to avoid punishment for his continual refusal to abide by rules imposed upon the tour by Moscow.
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