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🟡 Yunt Talks #6: Early Period Cinema, Sound, and Music in Istanbul

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🟡 Yunt Talks #6: Early Period Cinema, Sound, and Music in Istanbul
🟡 Yunt Talks #6: Early Period Cinema, Sound, and Music in Istanbul

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Mar 23, 2024, 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Sultanbeyli, Hasanpaşa, Fatih Blv. No: 33, 34920 Sultanbeyli/Istanbul, Türkiye

About The Event

Nezih Erdoğan and Özge Özyılmaz are sharing with YUNT participants the early years of cinema in Istanbul, including venues, establishments, audiences, and the relationship of cinema with sound and music during this silent era.


Nezih Erdoğan meticulously follows the traces of a lost past with a passion reminiscent of an archaeological excavation, as he did in his book "The Early Years of Cinema in Istanbul," depicting the significant transformation of our modernization history through the lens of cinema and its profound impact. Starting from the question, "What role might cinema have played in the fleshing out of modernity in the geography we call Istanbul?" Erdoğan will demonstrate how cinema repeatedly reproduces the desire to look and be looked at, which is a condition of modern life, within its own realm. He will argue that the arrival of cinema in the city necessitates considering the penetration of modernity into the fabric of urban life.

Early film screenings in Istanbul encompassed a wide range of events, from garden parties to hotel balls, from military museum screenings to Ramadan festivals, and outdoor presentations. The audience ranged from non-Muslims to Ottoman elites and Muslim women and children, exhibiting a significant diversity. In the discussion, Özge Özyılmaz will highlight how the richness and hybrid nature of the sound and music panorama in cinema during the silent era, paralleling the diversity of screening venues and audiences, elucidate the reactions of contemporary audiences to this auditory world.

Prof. Dr. Nezih Erdoğan teaches Film Theory, Cinema History, and Narrative Expression at Istinye University. He has published articles and book chapters on Turkish popular cinema and Early Cinema in Turkey. He served as the editor of the book "Shifting Landscapes: Film and Media in European Context" (with Miyase Christensen, 2008). His book "The Early Years of Cinema in Istanbul: Modernity and Viewing Adventures" was published in 2017. He co-edited the book "Exploring Past Images in a Digital Age" with Ebru Kayaalp, published by Amsterdam University Press in 2023.

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Özge Özyılmaz, after conducting a post-doctoral research project focusing on music and sound practices in silent cinema during the Ottoman era at Birkbeck College, University of London last year, is currently a visiting lecturer at Istanbul Bilgi University. Özyılmaz's articles on cinema culture in Turkey in the 1930s and the transition to sound cinema have been published in various journals such as the Historical Journal of Film, Radio, and Television and Music, Sound, and Moving Images.

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