Director: François Caillat
France, color, 1997, 80’
French with Turkish subtitles
La Quatrième génération traces the rise and fall of a family involved in the timber industry in Moselle from 1870 to its decline in the present day. This emblematic family saga reflects the history of a region and the ups and downs of its prosperity. Above all, the film reveals a strange national density; in the space of a single century, the governance of Lorraine switched back and forth between France and Germany five times. The fourth generation, which the filmmaker belongs to, is the one that came “afterwards”, when the game was over and only memories were left.
Ali Sami is born in Rusçuk in 1866, and moves to İstanbul. Because his family is registered in the Beylerbeyi quarter of Üsküdar, Ali Sami is also called Üsküdarlı Ali Sami. He graduates from the Mühendishane-i Berri-i Hümayun in 1866 and becomes a teacher of painting and photography at the school.
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