Photographer's Note

This photograph was taken in Gzelyali, near Asansr at İzmir...
Dario Moreno Street in İzmir, where the house he lived in his twenties is situated
Daro Moreno, İzmir's famous composer and singer, used to live near Asansr which was built in 1907 by Nesim Levi, a wealthy Jewish banker of that epoch

Daro Moreno (April 3, 1921 December 1, 1968) was a Turkish-Jewish polyglot singer, as well as an accomplished composer, lyricist and guitarist, who was born in İzmir, Turkey, in 1921, and who attained fame and made a remarkable career centered in France and which also included films, during the fifties and the sixties.

His real name was David Arugete and he was born in the poorer Jewish quarter of İzmir to a large family. He was orphaned in early childhood when his father, who worked in a train station in the city, was shot to death under tragic circumstances. He was placed in the Sephardic orphanage of İzmir (Nino De Guerfanos) by his mother and remained there until he was four.

After a patchy primary education in the Jewish educational establishments of İzmir, he did many odd jobs during his early youth. But he has also put great effort into bettering his education at the same time as working for the bread, and having started as an errand boy in the cabinet of one of the city's prominent lawyers, he was in time raised to becoming a clerk in his office. In the evenings, he would study French in İzmir's Central Library. With a guitar that had fallen into his hands by chance, he also learned, mainly on his own with occasional tutoring asked here and there, to master playing that instrument.

He started singing in the Bar Mitzva feasts as a secondary occupation. In his early twenties, he had already become a well-known singer in İzmir, and particularly among the Jewish community. During his military service in the Turkish army, he was employed as a singer in officers quarters in various garrisons and became more focused on music. His first truly professional musical performance started in his hometown right after his discharge, through connections established while under the arms. Since he had started making money thanks to music, he moved to the more well-off Jewish quarter of Karataş to a house in a street leading to the historical building of Asansr, one of the city's landmarks (and which means, literally, the "Escalator", people taking an actual escalator to go to the higher part of the quarter, this part being separated by the coastal strait with a steep slope). This street is named Dario Moreno Sokağı (Dario Moreno Street) today in his memory.

A hyper-active personality, Daro Moreno died of a heart attack in a taxi while going to the airport in İstanbul on 1 December 1968. He was only 47. He has been buried in Israel against his wish.

My dear İzmir (Canım İzmir, written in Turkish)
İzmir! My sweet and dear city!
If I die far away from you one day,
May they bring me to you,
But, while taking me to my grave,
May they not say of me, "He died",
May they say, "He is sleeping".

*La femme et le pantin, by Julien Divivier with Brigitte Bardot
*Le salaire de la peur, 1952, by Henri-Georges Clouzot with Yves Montand, Charles Vanel and Peter van Eyck
*La Mme vert-de-gris, 1953, by Bernard Borderie with Eddie Constantine with Howard Vernon, Dominique Wilms and Maurice Ronet
*Quai des blondes, by Paul Cadeac with Michel Auclair
*Tous peuvent me tuer, 1957, by Henri Decoin with Anouk Aim
*Oh! que mambo, 1959, by John Berry with Magali Nol
*Voulez-vous danser avec moi ?, 1959, by Michel Boisrond with Henri Vidal, Brigitte Bardot and Nol Roquevert
*Candide ou l'optimisme au XXe sicle, 1960, by Norbert Carbonnaux with Jean-Pierre Cassel and Dahlia Lavi
*Le tout pour le tout, 1960, by Patrice Dally with Karen Blanguernon with Dirk Sanders
*Marie des Isles, 1960, by Georges Combret mat der Belinda Lee
*Tintin et le mystre de la toison d'or, 1961, by Jean-Jacques Vierne with Charles Vanel with Georges Wilson
*Le bon Roi Dagobert, 1963, by Pierre Chevalier with Fernandel and Gino Cervi

*1958 Grand Prix Du Disque in France
*Cesar for Best Supporting Actor in France with the film "Oeil Pour Oeil"

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