Last year, we reported on the discovery of the only existing 35mm print of Turkish cult classic Dünyayı Kurtaran Adam (The Man Who Saved The World), a movie better known in these parts as “Turkish Star Wars” due to the abundance of unauthorized footage it yanked from George Lucas’ original Star Wars. Now, the same guy who found that print—Ed Glaser of Neon Harbor Entertainment—has made a micro-documentary about the making of the movie.
Glaser interviewed the filmmakers during a trip to Istanbul last year, who reveal a number of fun details, including that that they would never have stolen from Star Wars had a storm not destroyed the model spaceships they built using the film’s meager budget. Also, the film originally clocked in at more than two and a half hours; considering the finished version is closer to 90 minutes, that means there’s an hour’s worth of cut footage out there. Start snooping, weird-cinema fans.
Also of note is the film’s sequels, one of which is real and one of which exists only in dreams. The first, The Son Of The Man Who Saves The World, is apparently a massive dud with nearly no connection to the original, but the second, dreamt up by the film’s original director, involves “zombie ninja space warriors” and “a voyage to a planet on the other side of a black hole.” It’s never been produced, however, and will likely go the route of Jodorowsky’s Dune.
Glaser has also filled the documentary with clips from the fabled 35mm print, including ones that show the film’s stars karate-chopping the heads off fuzzy beasts that look like bargain-bin versions of Sweetums. Watch the whole thing above.
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