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Best Films Set in Istanbul

From Russia with Love, Terence Young, 1963:

In the movie “They dance for him, they yearn for him, they die for him …” From Russia with Love is not only arguably the best of the James Bond films bath also it set the template for all that followed, right down to the corny one-liners. She is Tatiana who is the Russian double-agent love interest succumbing to Sean Connery’s charms: “The mechanism is… Oh James… Will you make love to me all the time in England?” “Day and night, darling… Go on about the mechanism…” The film was shot when the city’s population was less than two million (However it has mushroomed to more than 14 million today), and it’s a magic carpet ride back to a time when Istanbul teemed with hamals, huge american cars and natty post-war renaults. Incidentally, the colourful Gypsy neighbourhood in the film, Sulukule, has just been razed, victim of the city’s latest round of wrong-headed gentrification.


Tarzan in Istanbul/Dracula in Istanbul/Kilink in Istanbul, various directors, 1952-67:

Tarzan in Istanbul. Oh yes, and it gets even stranger. In their superhuman efforts to keep the public entertained, the moguls who worked in “Turkey’s Hollywood”, on Yeşilçam Street in Beyoğlu, produced hundreds of sometimes inspired and sometimes appalling “tribute” films. These are three of the best. Tarzan in Istanbul is actually very good, and Kilink, a suavely evil skeleton with an eye for the ladies, deserves his own Hollywood franchise.

Drakula has a great local twist, the vampire dispatched with a copy of the Koran rather than a cross. The fact Dracula was based on Vlad Tepes, who liked nothing better than impaling Turks, added still more spice. And they didn’t stop there. There is Turkish Star Wars, Turkish Star Trek, Turkish Rocky, and Turkish Rambo.


Topkapi, Jules Dassin, 1964:

The daddy of all heist films, in which “Swiss master criminal” Maximilian Schell, Peter Ustinov, Robert Morley and Melina Mercouri – who was the muse for Dassin’s Oscar-winning Never On Sunday, and later his wife – have terrific fun trying to steal the emerald-encrusted dagger of the hunchback Sultan Mahmud I from the Topkapi palace museum. Mission: Impossible, the Pink Panther, and Ocean’s Eleven, Twelve and Thirteen all owe their jokey breeziness to Dassin and his merry band, although few have bettered them. Great score, too, from Manos Hatzidakis.

Midnight Express, Alan Parker, 1978:

What little of it was shot in Istanbul was done secretly, but like Paris and dog shit, Istanbul will be forever associated with hell-hole jails, because of Alan Parker and his scriptwriter Oliver Stone. They took major liberties with Billy Hayes’ memoirs of a failed drug runner – not that anyone is pretending that Turkish prisons were or are Butlins on the Bosphorus. But even Hayes thought they went too far, and made an apology to the Turkish people when he finally returned to Istanbul in 2007. Stone also had the good grace later to apologise – his head was still in. That said, it remains a great piece of cinema. Ironically, Hayes’ real escape was far more exciting, slipping off Imrali island, Turkey’s Alcatraz(Sinop) – where Abdullah Ocalan, the head of the Kurdish PKK, is currently the sole prisoner, and where former prime minister Adnan Menderes was hanged by the military in 1961.


Hamam, Ferzan Ozpetek, 1997:

Hamam is the most sensual film shot in the city – not just in its tender telling of the relationship between an Italian who inherits an ancient hamam and a young Turkish man, but in the way it shows Istanbul’s seductive mix of grime and glamour. For a film that broke so many taboos, it looks like it will stand the test of time, particularly Mehmet Günsür’s wonderfully understated performance. Turkey has a rich LGBT history, and is reputed to have more transvestite and transgender people than any other developed country except Brazil. Gay life in Turkey often confounds the cliches, with transvestites once marching in full veil to protest at how young.

Best Films in Turkey

1- From Russia with Love, Terence Young, 1963

2- Hamam: The Turkish Bath (1997)

3- Crossing the Bridge: The Sound of Istanbul (2005)

4- Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011)

5- Inferno(2017)


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