Hayat Bayram Olsa (If Life were a Holiday) – Romeo and Juliet (Aksoy, 1973)

Full Video

About This Clip

Hayat Bayram Olsa (If Life were a Holiday) – Romeo and Juliet

Hayat Bayram Olsa (If Life were a Holiday) is a film directed by Orhan Aksoy in 1973. It is a loose and domesticised adaptation of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. Set in a small town in the seaside where again feuding families try to prevent a happy ending for the lovers, now performed by Kadir İnanır and Hülya Koçyiğit. Aksoy’s movie is in the comic mode and presents the fake deaths of the lovers really as fake ones to send with the families the didactic message that lovers should not be separated. Leaving out the deaths of the lovers, the movie, as an allusion to its title, sends the message that every day should be like a holiday in revelry and happiness. The title and the song of the movie is taken from Şenay Yüzbaşıoğlu’s (1947-2013) 1972-3 single hit Hayat Bayram Olsa, whose lyrics hope for a world in peace.

Cast

Hülya Koçyigit
Kadir İnanır
Handan Adalı
Özdemir Aydın
İhsan Bayraktar
Şefik Döğen
Yüksel Gözen
Günay Güner
Itır Gürdemirel
Ayten Kayalı
Hulusi Kentmen
Ahmet Kostarika
Cevat Kurtuluş
Meral Kurtuluş
Haluk Orçun

For more information, visit IMDb and TurkishShakespeares.

Poster featuring Hülya Koçyiğit and Kadir İnanır in Hayat Bayram Olsa (1973), image from SinemaTürk.

 

(Production notes provided by Assist. Prof. Dr. Murat Öğütcü)

 

Hayat Bayram Olsa (If Life were a Holiday) – Romeo and Juliet

Clips

“Turkish Shakespeares”: A Short History of Shakespeare in Turkey up to the Present

Organized by Hacettepe University’s Department of English Language and Literature, Assist. Prof. Dr. Murat Öğütcü from Munzur University gave a talk on April 23, 2021 which surveyed both the history...more

Organized by Hacettepe University’s Department of English Language and Literature, Assist. Prof. Dr. Murat Öğütcü from Munzur University gave a talk on April 23, 2021 which surveyed both the history of Shakespeare in Turkey and how the history of Turkey affected Shakespeare’s reception in drama, education, translation, film, and other disciplines/media.

 

 

less

Hayat Bayram Olsa (If Life were a Holiday) – Romeo and Juliet : Full Video

Take Notes

Log In (or Sign Up) to activate the note-taking feature which allows you to take notes about the video and send them in an e-mail.

Title:
Year:
Director:
Language:
Type:
Venue:

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.