Crossing the Bridge: The Sound of Istanbul
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Crossing the Bridge: The Sound of Istanbul
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. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 86%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
"It's a heady, occasionally free-floating mix, and a feast for music lovers."
‑ Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
"Though its photography is keen and vibrant and its concept elegantly simple, the movie doesn't quite add up beyond its performances."
‑ Marrit Ingman, Austin Chronicle
"Then-and-now footage of aging legends such as Erkin Koray and Sezen Aksu offers an insight into the musical continuum that bridges a rich heritage with a promising future."
‑ Bill White, Seattle Post-Intelligencer
"You'll feel lucky for such a comprehensive introduction to Turkish music, and will no doubt be scrambling for a soundtrack album."
‑ Ken Fox, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"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."
‑ Ella Taylor, L.A. Weekly
"Akin's documentary gets its legs from the subtle questions it raises about Turkey's politics, nationalism, religious identity, cultural integrity and international perception."
‑ Jonathan Curiel, San Francisco Chronicle
"A delightful survey of Turkish music's many intriguing variations, as well as a fascinating, if somewhat superficial, portrait of one of the most historic cities on Earth."
‑ Bob Strauss, Los Angeles Daily News
"While Crossing the Bridge is sure to find an appreciative audience among world music aficionados, its crossover appeal seems limited at best."
‑ Ethan Alter, Show Business Weekly
"If the music fails to hold your interest, there's always Madonna."
‑ Kent Turner,
"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."
‑ Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post
"An infectious (in a good way) documentary."
‑ Stephen Hunter, Washington Post
"Though not nearly as exhilarating or illuminating as Buena Vista Social Club, this structurelss docu does capture the unique variety of sounds of Istanbul, a city strategically positied between East and West."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"... an exciting introduction to a worthy musical world."
‑ Daniel Eagan, Film Journal International
"Presents diversity and richness of music in contemporary Istanbul."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
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