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Oh, Beautiful Istanbul
Oh, Beautiful Istanbul
8.8
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1,232 Ratings

OH, BEAUTIFUL ISTANBUL

Ahh Güzel İstanbul

Directed by Atıf Yılmaz
Turkey, 1966
Comedy, Drama

Synopsis

The lovely Ayşe moves from her country village to Istanbul in the hope of becoming an actress. One day she meets Haşmet, a grumpy, world-weary street photographer. He takes it upon himself to cure Ayşe of what he sees as her blind optimism, but some of it begins to rub off on the old cynic.

Synopsis

The lovely Ayşe moves from her country village to Istanbul in the hope of becoming an actress. One day she meets Haşmet, a grumpy, world-weary street photographer. He takes it upon himself to cure Ayşe of what he sees as her blind optimism, but some of it begins to rub off on the old cynic.

Our take

A melancholic love letter to Istanbul, this classical melodrama is a tale of two lonely souls contending with a changing social landscape. Full of iconic scenes depicting the Bosphorus in the ’60s, Oh, Beautiful Istanbul brings together two legends of Turkish cinema, Atıf Yılmaz and Sadri Alışık.