Crossing the Bridge: The Sound of Istanbul (2006)



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.
Documentary , Musical & Performing Arts , Special Interest
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Critic Reviews for Crossing the Bridge: The Sound of Istanbul

All Critics (35) | Top Critics (17)

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.

Full Review… | August 18, 2006
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
Denver Post
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It's a heady, occasionally free-floating mix, and a feast for music lovers.

July 28, 2006
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.

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

Full Review… | June 29, 2006
Washington Post
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Audience Reviews for Crossing the Bridge: The Sound of Istanbul

This is a very interesting documentary for anyone who like music, culture, and the boundries that those things help us cross.

Andru LEmon
Andru LEmon

Beautiful documentary about the music in the crossroads of Istanbul. The Turkish singer, Anya, is amazing.

Michael W
Michael W

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