Crossing the Bridge: The Sound of Istanbul
Crossing the Bridge: The Sound of Istanbul (2006)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: June 9, 2006
DVD Release Date: September 19, 2006
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Critic Score: 86% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

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.

Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times

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.

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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times

It's a heady, occasionally free-floating mix, and a feast for music lovers.

Marrit Ingman
Austin Chronicle

Though its photography is keen and vibrant and its concept elegantly simple, the movie doesn't quite add up beyond its performances.

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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly

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.

Jonathan Curiel
San Francisco Chronicle

Akin's documentary gets its legs from the subtle questions it raises about Turkey's politics, nationalism, religious identity, cultural integrity and international perception.

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Bob Strauss
Los Angeles Daily News

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.

Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post

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.

Stephen Hunter
Washington Post

An infectious (in a good way) documentary.

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Emanuel Levy

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.

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