Unknown Titles: Turkish Movie

Figure 1.--This Turkish film shows schoolboys wearing smocks with Peter Pan and Eton styled collars. There are also different button arrangements.

Turkish Films

An HBC contributor has provided some information on Turkish films. They are shown on European television because of the large number of Turks living in Germany. They are useful as costume referance. They appear to be made for the Turish domestic market and seem to be mostly dated to the 1970's. Dating is possible because the boys wear long hair and tight flared trousers. The girls wear short skirts. Our HBC contributor indicated that the quality is mostly dreadful--badly scratched, badly exposed badly acted, dodgy continuity tright plot lines. "I could go on but I find them a fascinating glimpse of the period!" They all seem to be a feature length family soap format with all the usual grandparents uncles, aunts lovers, handsome leading males beautiful ladies, sweet kids--often in smocks. Our HBC contributor has sussed the timing of the start of these films by viewing the text pages that all stations send. Trouble is that the text is not fully compatable with standard English so some letters are figures etc. and it is next to impossible to find the title and rather curiously no credits are rolled at the end.

This Film

I know nothing about this film except that it is a Turkish film. I know nothing about the plot line of the film. There appear to be several scenes with the boys in their school smocks, but I don;t know if the entire film centers on the school or the boys.


The long hair and flared pants suggest that it was made during the 1970s.

Figure 2.--The school smocks worn by Turkish boys are quite short, rather like a jacket.


The various images show the school children all in school smocks. A close examination of the images reveal some interesting insights on schoolwear in Turkey during the 1970s. Turkish boys are pictured in school smocks. The smocks are all styles about the same, although the colors seem a bit different.


All of the children, boys and girls, wear large white collars. Other information on Turkey suggests that school children wore mostly rounded Peter Pan collars. These images show quite a number of boys wearing collars with pointed Eton-style collars. I'm not sure how these two different styles varried over time. The boys, including the older boys, are shown in both Peter Pan and Eton styled collars. I'm notsure if the girls wore both styles.


An examination of the images show quite a few variations in the style of the smocks. All of the children were wearing very similar smocks so clearly the school had very strict rules about the children's uniform.
Length: The children all wear very short smocks. They extend only sdlightly below the waist. They are much shorter than the smocks that used to be worn by European school children. The Turkish smocks are rather like jackets or a tail-less shirt that has not been tucked in. They would protect the shirts the children wore, but not their pants.
Gender: There appears to be no difference between the smocks worn by boys and girls.
Color: All of the smocks are the same black or dark blue. White there aresome differences in style, there do not appear to be any differences at all in color.
Pattern: None of the children wear patterned smocks.
Buttons: The children appear to wear a wide variety of button styles. Most have large weight buttons. Other appear to have colored buttons that are difficult to see. Not only are thecbuttons different, but so are the button arrangements. Notable are left, center, and right front buttoning arrangements. Some smocks have no front buttons so they presumably buttoned in the back.
Smocking: Few of these smocks have smocking. They mostly appear to be plain ungathered material. One girl appears to be wearing a back buttoning, smocked smock.
Sleeves: All of the children wear smocks with long sleeves.

Figure 3.--The many varried smock styles are noticeable in this image, both the collar styles and the button arrangements. The children mostly wear long pants, but wone boy wears short pants.


None of the boys wear belts that can be made out. One boy wears a smovk that is clearly belted, but the belt can not be made out in the image. It clearly is not a heavy, wide belt. The other boys wear their smocks without belts, allowing them to fall straight down like a jacket. This does not appear to vary along gender lines. One girl has a smocked smocj with a waist gatering. The other girls appears to wear their smocks like most boys, without any waist gathering.


Virtually all of the children appear to wear long pants, both boys and girls. The pants worn bu the children vary in color. Most are dark colors. . Apparently the children at this school could wear whatever they wanted to under their smocks. One younger boy with long hair wears short pants.


None of the children wear bows with their Peter Pan and Eton collars. Bows were commonly worn by some European boys especially Italian boys, wearing smocks.

Hair Styles

Most of the boys wear short hair. It is not cropped closely, but defimitely short hair styles. One younger boys wears long hair, so the school apparently had no rules about hair.

Figure 4.--Some of the boys, mostly the younger boys, have the long hair so common in Europe during the 1970s.

Christopher Wagner


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