World Film Locations: Istanbul (Book)

Edited by Ozlem Koksal

From Head-On to Murder on the Orient Express, World Film Locations: Istanbul offers a compelling look at the many films shot on location in this multicultural metropolis on the Black Sea. Illustrated throughout with film stills as well as photographs of featured locations as they appear today, World Film Locations: Istanbul visits all of the important cinematic landmarks, including the Topkapi Palace and the Haydarpasa train station and offers a vivid picture of this historic and culturally stimulating city.


From Fatih Akin’s Head-On (2004) to Sydney Lumet’s Murder on the Orient Express (1974), World Film Locations: Istanbul offers a compelling look at many films shot on location in this multicultural metropolis. Central to this volume are the film industry’s changing representations of Istanbul. The book includes essays focusing on diverse subjects related to the city and its representation, exploring Istanbul’s place in the imagination of audiences and filmmakers. Articles include an examination of the significance of Istanbul in the critically acclaimed director Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s cinema, the city’s representation in films made in the West and in Turkey in different periods, as well as articles focusing on key locations, such as the famous train station Haydarpasa and Beyoglu/Pera.

With 38 insightful short reviews the book includes illustrative screen-grabs from the films discussed and present day images of each location, offering a compelling picture of this historic and culturally stimulating city and its changing representation in cinema, as well as cinema’s role in shaping our perception of the city.

Ozlem Koksal completed her PhD at the Birkbeck, University of London. She is the editor of forthcoming Directory of World Cinema: Turkey, which will also be published by Intellect.


Scenes 1-7 – 1963-1974

Scenes 8-14 – 1974-1991

Scenes 15-20 – 1994-1999

Scenes 21-26 – 1999-2004

Scenes 27-32 – 2004-2008

Scenes 33-38 – 2008-2009


Istanbul: City of the Imagination – Özlem Köksal

City of intrigues: Istanbul as an Exotic Attraction – Ahmet Gürata

Threshold of the city: Haydarpaşa Train Station – Feride Çiçekoğlu

Memories of Istanbul – Umut Tümay Arslan

Istanbul Dissected: The City Through Reha Erdem’s Lenses – Yeşim Burul Seven

Beyoğlu/Pera on a Cinematic Map of Istanbul – İpek Türeli

Nuri Bilge Ceylan: A distant image of Istanbul – Asuman Suner

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