Crossing the Bridge: The Sound of Istanbul (2006) - Rotten Tomatoes

Crossing the Bridge: The Sound of Istanbul (2006)

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Critic 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.

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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.

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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 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
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
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 | Rating: 3.5/4
Denver Post
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It's a heady, occasionally free-floating mix, and a feast for music lovers.

July 28, 2006 | Rating: 3/4
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 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
San Francisco Chronicle
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An infectious (in a good way) documentary.

June 29, 2006 | Full Review…
Washington Post
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