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LANDSCAPES:
landscapes: "istanbul"
turkey
a film by  JEAN LOïC PORTRON documentary 28'
in Turkish with French voice-over - subtitled in French - beta num pal 4/3 / beta sp pal 4/3 / dvd (dvd5-pal) - ©photography: Jba production
Enclosed by the sea and situated where Europe and Asia meet, Istanbul has always naturally drawn man, his products and ideas to its arms, the obligatory point of passage between the East and West. Until the discovery of the Americas, the empire, wether Byzantine or Ottoman, united the Far East, Europe and Central Africa. Nothing happens without the empire’s consent; it is the
go-between. For a very long time largest city of Europe, Istanbul shrunk as the Ottoman empire atrophied, not to wake up until the 50’s, and then quite brutally : in 40 years’ time, its population has increased nine-fold. The capital of sultans, the city of mosques, is now knee-deep in urban problems, facing traffic jams and a lack of rodways, housing shortages, etc.
director JEAN LOïC PORTRON - author JEAN-LOïC PORTRON - producer JACQUES BIDOU - productions JBA PRODUCTION, CNC, LA SEPT ARTE, INA, MINISTèRE DE LA CULTURE, MISSION DU PATRIMOINE ETHNOLOGIQUE - image MICHEL BORT - sound MYRIAM RENE - music JEAN MALLET - year of production 2000
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