• Road Without End


  • Endless Road
    (Road Without End, The)

Duygu Sağıroğlu

Duygu Sağıroğlu was born in Trabzon in 1932. He took a degree from the Architecture Department at İstanbul Technical University. He worked as a decorator and a graphic artist. He was among the founders of The Theatre Society and the famous "Cep Theatre." He worked as stage designer in of numerous films, including "The Brokent Pots" (Kırık Çanaklar, 1960) and "The Legend of Ali from Keşan" (Keşanlı Ali Destanı, 1964). He stepped into cinema as an assistant director in Atıf Yılmaz' Karacaoğlan's "Mad Love" (Karacaoğlan'ın Kara Sevdası, 1959). He made his directing debut in 1965 with "The Road Without End" (Bitmeyen Yol). Sağıroğlu is one of the most important directors of what came to be known as the golden age of Turkish cinema, the 1960-67 period. He is also a typical representative of a generation of promessing Turkish directors who did not fully realize their potential. Although he lived up to his brilliant start, with "I Always Survive" (Ben Öldükçe Yaşarım) starring Yılmaz Güney and "Honour" (Namus), a sharp analysis of class consciousness, he later became yet another prisoner of Yeşilçam's rules. After being very successful in reflecting the dilemmas of poor and helpless people within a context of social analysis, he later lost the glimmer he had caught in the beginning of his career because he started to adopt Yeşilçam's logic and yielded to the censure mechanisms. He later made B-type adventure films, fashionable period films, and costume dramas. Luckily "The Road Without End" is a film that remains brilliant by any standard. Burçak Evren