WALL – The writer, film historian and journalist Agah Özgüç passed away yesterday at the age of 90. Özgüç said goodbye to his last trip today.
Many names from the world of culture and art, as well as Özgüç’s family, attended the funeral prayer held at the Şakirin Mosque after the afternoon.
Agah Özgüç’s daughter, Cansel Özgüç, stated that she deeply felt the sorrow of the loss of her father and that her death was sudden despite her advanced age. Pointing out that her father has a very important archive of Turkish cinema, Cansel Özgüç said: “We have been very close for the past four years. We saw each other every day. Turkish cinema has lost a very important value. Because everyone asked him for a document when he needed a document. He was also willing to help. . rest in peace.”
“They always welcomed us with a smile”
Yeşilçam actress Yavuz Karakaş also stated that Agah Özgüç helped him a lot in cinema, saying: “He always greeted us with his sweet language and smiling face. He published his interviews with me in Ses Magazine. He was a very nice friend of ours.”
Karakaş said that Özgüç wrote the history of Turkish cinema and Yeşilçam and collected a huge archive, adding that he owes the existence of actors who worked for Yeşilçam like him to Agah Özgüç.
“HE LEADS THE WAY TO FILM AUTHORS”
According to AA News, film critic Kerem Akça pointed out that Agah Özgüç had a great influence on Turkish cinema, saying: “He created the library of Turkish cinema. He recorded the archive of the cinema in the environment in which everything was filmed in writing in the digital world. He has guided film writers with what he has written and done. He showed me. He will also show it in the future. I hope we will have the opportunity to continue the legacy he left us. We have such hope.”
Özgüç’s body was buried in Karacaahmet Cemetery after the funeral prayer.
WHO IS AGAH OZGUC?
Özgüç was born in Istanbul in 1932 and studied at Yeşilköy Pension Elementary School and Haydarpaşa High School.
In the 1950s, Özgüç wrote poetry and essays for many literary magazines such as Sail, Honeycomb, Poets Yaprağı, Turkish Art and Salkım. In 1961 he began professional journalism.
Özgüç worked mainly in the film magazines of the time, such as “Artist”, “Cinema”, “Ses” and “Perde”, and in the field of cinema “7 Days”, “Video News”, “Development Cinema”, “White Screen”, “Cumhuriyet.” He wrote for magazines such as “Magazine”, “Antrakt”, “Cinema”, “Album” and “Öküz”.
Agah Özgüç contributed footage from his private archive for many broadcasters, acted as consultant for cinema documentaries and directed the 12 issues of Sinema 65 magazine.
Özgüç, who was the first cinematographer to be awarded the “Golden Artemis Award” for his contributions to Turkish cinema by the Faculty of Fine Arts of Dokuz Eylül University in 1992, received the Ankara Art Institute Cinema Prize in 1992-1993.
Özgüç received the “Aziz Nesin Labor Award” at the 2nd Ankara International Film Festival in 1999. In 2000, the Cinema Writers Association presented the Labor Award.
Some of the books by Agah Özgüç who also wrote many works in the field of cinema are as follows:
“Turkish Film Dictionary”, “Turkish Cinema Censorship File”, “My Friend Yılmaz Güney”, “Memories on Napkin Paper”, “Ten Women in Turkish Cinema”, “Yıldız Güney with All Her Films”, “Premieres in Turkish Cinema” , “From a Cinema Diary” Notes”, “Turkish Cinema in its 80’s Present”, “Dictionary of Turkish Filmmakers”. (NEWS CENTER)