Crossing the Bridge: The Sound of Istanbul

Critics Consensus

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.



Total Count: 36


Audience Score

User Ratings: 4,183
User image

Crossing the Bridge: The Sound of Istanbul Photos

Movie Info

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.


News & Interviews for Crossing the Bridge: The Sound of Istanbul

Critic Reviews for Crossing the Bridge: The Sound of Istanbul

All Critics (36) | Top Critics (19)

  • A superb sociological and musicological essay, Crossing the Bridge opens door after door of musical revelation.

    Mar 14, 2018 | Full Review…

    David Ansen

    Top Critic
  • 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.

    Aug 18, 2006 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Aug 17, 2006
  • 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.

    Aug 4, 2006 | Rating: 3.5/4
  • It's a heady, occasionally free-floating mix, and a feast for music lovers.

    Jul 28, 2006 | Rating: 3/4
  • Akin's documentary gets its legs from the subtle questions it raises about Turkey's politics, nationalism, religious identity, cultural integrity and international perception.

    Jul 14, 2006 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Crossing the Bridge: The Sound of Istanbul

Crossing the Bridge: The Sound of Istanbul Quotes

There are no approved quotes yet for this movie.

News & Features