Early Cinema of the Late Ottoman Period

with Özde Çeliktemel-Thomen

hosted by Chris Gratien and Taylan Güngör

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The production of motion pictures began in the 1890s, and before long, films were being screened throughout the world, including in Ottoman cities. How did Ottoman audiences receive the advent of film? What was the role of the state in promoting or limiting the spread of motion pictures? What were the contents of the earliest films shown and produced in the Ottoman Empire? In this episode, Özde Çeliktemel-Thomen offers an introduction to the emergence of cinema in the Ottoman Empire and discusses the results of her research on the subject at the Ottoman archives in Istanbul.

Bu konuyla ilgili olan Türkçe bölümü için: Nezih Erdoğan - Hayretle Seyret

Özde Çeliktemel-Thomen is a doctoral candidate in the Centre for Multidisciplinary & Intercultural Inquiry at University College London researching the history of cinema in the Ottoman Empire and Turkey. (see academia.edu)
Chris Gratien holds a Ph.D. from Georgetown University's Department of History. His research focuses on the social and environmental history of the Ottoman Empire and the modern Middle East. (see academia.edu)
Taylan Güngör is a doctoral candidate at SOAS in London writing his dissertation on trade in Istanbul after 1453. (see academia.edu)

Episode No. 201
Release date: 23 September 2015
Location: Feriköy, Istanbul
Editing and production by Chris Gratien
Music and sound excerpts: Mısır Çarşısı (Chris Gratien); Rüçhan Çamay & Dün Bügün ve Yarın - Televizyon;  Baglamamin Dugumu - Necmiye Ararat and Muzaffer
Bibliography courtesy of Özde Çeliktemel-Thomen
Image by Ressam Salih (1943)


For the film collection of the Turkish Armed Forces, see this article in Sabah

Savaş Arslan. Cinema in Turkey: A New Critical History (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011).

Özde Çeliktemel-Thomen. "Denetimden Sansüre Osmanlı’da Sinema." Toplumsal Tarih, no.  255, (March 2015): 72-79.

Özde Çeliktemel-Thomen. “1903 Sinematograf İmtiyazı.” Toplumsal Tarih, no. 229 (January 2013): 26-32.

Özde Çeliktemel-Thomen. “Prime Ministry Ottoman Archives: Inventory of Written Archival Sources for Ottoman Cinema History.” Tarih, Issue 3, Boğaziçi University Department of History (2013): 17–48.

Özde Çeliktemel-Thomen. “Mürebbiye/The Governess.” In Directory of World Cinema: Turkey, edited by Eylem Atakav, 61-63. (Bristol: Intellect, 2013).

Nezih Erdoğan. “The Spectator in the Making: Modernity and Cinema in Istanbul, 1896-1928.” In Orienting Istanbul Cultural Capital of Europe, edited by Deniz Göktürk, Levent Soysal and İpek Türeli, 129-143. (London: Routledge, 2010).

Dilek Kaya-Mutlu. “Ayastefanos’taki Rus Abidesi: Kim Yıktı? Kim Çekti? Kim ‘Yazdı?’” Seyir, no. 3 (Spring 2006): 12-21.

Hamid Naficy. A Social History of Iranian Cinema. Durham [N.C.]: Duke University Press, 2011.

Mustafa Özen.  “Travelling Cinema in Istanbul.” In Travelling Cinema in Europe: Sources and Perspectives, edited by Martin Loiperdinger, 47-53. (Kintop Schriften, 2008).

Saadet Özen. "'Balkanların İlk Sinemacıları' mı? Manaki Biraderler." Toplumsal Tarih, no. 219  (March 2012): 60-67.

Saadet Özen.  “Rethinking the Young Turk Revolution: Manaki Brothers’ Still and Moving Images.” MA thes., (Boğaziçi University, 2010).

Emrah Özen. “Geçmişe Bakmak: Sinema Tarihi Çalışmaları Üzerine Eleştirel Bir İnceleme.” Kebikeç, Sinema ve Tarih, no 27 (2009): 131-155.

Ali Özuyar. Babıali’de Sinema. (İstanbul: İzdüşüm Yayınları, 2004).


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