Ottoman movie sector kicked off in 1896, says scholar

The footages have offered significant insights about the socio-economic and political atmosphere of that time

Ottoman movie sector kicked off in 1896, says scholar


The collection called “Movies from Ottomans” has brought several movies that were shot by European filmmakers in Ottoman time to Istanbul. Giving a speech in the event, Prof. Peyami Celikkan said Ottoman society had first introduced with the movie in 1896.
 
People who were not aware of being filmed, historical recordings and black-white films have met with a Turkish audience for the first time in ‘Istanbul Silent Motion Pictures Days’. The documentations reflecting the melancholy of Balkan and Turco Italian wars with numerous scenes from Istanbul, Cairo, Sarajevo and Damascus are presented in the event.


 
Silent motion shot more than one century ago are presented in a musical manner that correspondents to the conditions of 19th century in the event which is organized with the collaboration of Istanbul Sehir University, Istanbul Modern Art Museum and Kino Istanbul.


 
Prof Celikcan said “We celebrate 100th anniversary of Turkish cinema and are fully aware of that it is older than 100. People in Istanbul had started to meet with the movie sector in 1896. The first film screening was held in Yildiz Palace. This 18-year period the first and foremost experiences were already happened. Despite all the economic and political drawbacks, the movie sector was incredibly intense and productive. I am trying to rise an awareness for this period.”


 
The films such as Sultan Reshad’s Balkan visit, Turco-Italian War and animated cartoons like Charlie in Istanbul have been protected carefully.  
 
Elif Rongen, the creator of the event noted “Although these films were not publicized until this day, they have been in the archives. Even in the last year, we reached a 1910-movie. It is our responsibility to restore these films. We do not re-assemble or document the footages. We will digitalize them as it were by respecting their original versions.”     


 
The footages have offered significant insights about the socio-economic and political atmosphere of that time. Commenting on the distinguished characteristics of the movies, Prof. Nezih Erdoğan from Istanbul Sehir University said “It is really important to notice that Ottomans at that time were not irritated with the idea of movie and camera. Conversely, they embraced this new technology. Cinema was not treated like a monster or devil’s invention. Our intention is to engage in-depth research on cinema and its role on Turkish modernization.  
 
The event that brings scholars and creators from various academic backgrounds is planned to be held again in next years with an extended context.

UMMU GULSUM SARIOGLU – KUZEY NEWS AGENCY

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