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Crossing the Bridge: The Sound of Istanbul

Crossing the Bridge: The Sound of Istanbul (2006)

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Average Rating: 6.9/10
Reviews Counted: 35
Fresh: 30 | Rotten: 5

Infused with cultural and political concerns, this film weaves together a rich tapestry of musical styles that celebrate the diversity that makes up contemporary Turkish life.

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Average Rating: 7.4/10
Critic Reviews: 17
Fresh: 17 | Rotten: 0

Infused with cultural and political concerns, this film weaves together a rich tapestry of musical styles that celebrate the diversity that makes up contemporary Turkish life.

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The rich musical heritage of the Turkish metropolis located between the Orient and the Occident comes to the screen in director Fatih Akin's cinematic tribute to Istanbul's thriving music scene. In bringing both historic and recent expressions of Istanbul's unique legacy of music to the screen in a documentary that strives to both inform and entertain, Akin offers compelling insight into both the creative history of the city as well as the lives of the individuals who populate it. ~ Jason

Sep 19, 2006

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Crossing the Bridge does more than offer a wide variety of entertaining and intoxicating Turkish music. It also uses music to paint a portrait of a vibrant, cosmopolitan city and provide a window into a rich and varied national culture.

August 18, 2006 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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The music is gorgeous, and Akin's feverish camera shows an exile's love of the beautiful, crumbling but energized city as he pokes around its crevices, looking for recombinations of old and new, here and there.

August 17, 2006 Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly
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Even as Crossing the Bridge acknowledges differences, tensions, the provocative power music exerts on our hearts, it makes an elegant, head-bopping, hip-swaying argument that sound unifies.

August 4, 2006 Full Review Source: Denver Post
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It's a heady, occasionally free-floating mix, and a feast for music lovers.

July 28, 2006 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
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Akin's documentary gets its legs from the subtle questions it raises about Turkey's politics, nationalism, religious identity, cultural integrity and international perception.

July 14, 2006 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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An infectious (in a good way) documentary.

June 29, 2006 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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Though its photography is keen and vibrant and its concept elegantly simple, the movie doesn't quite add up beyond its performances.

August 19, 2006 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

A delightful survey of Turkish music's many intriguing variations, as well as a fascinating, if somewhat superficial, portrait of one of the most historic cities on Earth.

August 18, 2006 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Daily News
Los Angeles Daily News

Though not nearly as exhilarating or illuminating as Buena Vista Social Club, this structurelss docu does capture the unique variety of sounds of Istanbul, a city strategically positied between East and West.

August 2, 2006 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
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Then-and-now footage of aging legends such as Erkin Koray and Sezen Aksu offers an insight into the musical continuum that bridges a rich heritage with a promising future.

July 27, 2006 Full Review Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

While Crossing the Bridge is sure to find an appreciative audience among world music aficionados, its crossover appeal seems limited at best.

July 6, 2006 | Comment (1)
Show Business Weekly

... an exciting introduction to a worthy musical world.

June 15, 2006 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

You'll feel lucky for such a comprehensive introduction to Turkish music, and will no doubt be scrambling for a soundtrack album.

June 9, 2006 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

If the music fails to hold your interest, there's always Madonna.

June 8, 2006 Full Review Source: Film-Forward.com
Film-Forward.com

Presents diversity and richness of music in contemporary Istanbul.

June 8, 2006 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

After surveying pop and rock hybrids, Akin and Hacke go deeper. You will be very happy indeed to make the acquaintance of such Turkish music luminaries as Orhan Gencebay and Sezen Aksu, whose stories and personalities are as fascinating as their music.

June 7, 2006 Full Review Source: Premiere Magazine
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