Istanbul travel guide


Istanbul Travel Guide

Film in Istanbul

As in any other important city of Europe or Asia, Istanbul has a big film industry which includes important film companies such as Minusgreen, Ppristanbul, Bocek Yapim, Dijital Sanatlar, 4films and Az films, just to mention a few. This industry has been evolving dramatically during the last years.

The first film that was projected in Turkey was a Lumiere’s Film called L’Arrivee d’un train en gare de la Ciotat in 1896. After that, a Jewish man from Romania called Sigmund Weinberg continued to show other movies in different cities but especially at beer hall in the city of Istanbul.

Actress and model
Actress and model
Meric Benlioglu
Meric Benlioglu

Since then, this fantastic industry has been gaining a position in the world. In fact, Istanbul organizes some International Film Festival that attract thousands of tourists around the world. In addition, there are some international movies that were shot in Istanbul city, such as:
  • Russia with Love, Director: Terence Young (1963.)
  • Tarzan in Istanbul, Different Directors (1952.)
  • Topkapi, Director: Jules Dassin (1964.)
  • Midnight Express, Director: Alan Parker (1978.)
  • Distant (Ukaz), Director: Nuri Bilge (2002.)
  • Politiki Kousina, Director: Tassos Boulmetis (2003.)
  • Hamam, Director: Ferzan Ozpetek (1997.)
  • Crossing the Bridge, Director: Fatih Akin (2005.)

The Yesilçam Period

The Yesilçam is a famous term which refers to the film industry in Istanbul, as the same as in Hollywood in the United States. In fact, there is a popular street called Yesilçam in the city. This period had its peak between 1950 and 1970. In fact, the film industry in these years produced more than 350 movies annually. Some important Turkish actors of this period are Erol Tas, Ayhan Isik, Aytaç Arman, Göksel Arsoy, Halit Akçatepe and Aysen Gruda, just to mention a few.

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