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Release Date:
25 November 1998 (USA) See more »
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What he inherited was a sexual awakening...
Plot:
Francesco and Marta are husband and wife running a small design company in Rome. When Francesco's long forgotten Aunt Anita dies in Istanbul... See more » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
10 wins & 5 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
A Beautiful, subtle, literate movie See more (41 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Alessandro Gassman ... Francesco
Francesca d'Aloja ... Marta
Carlo Cecchi ... Oscar
Halil Ergün ... Osman

Serif Sezer ... Perran

Mehmet Günsür ... Mehmet
Basak Köklükaya ... Fusun
Alberto Molinari ... Paolo
Zozo Toledo ... Zozo
Ludovica Modugno ... Voice of Aunt Anita (voice)
Zerrin Arbas
Necdet Mahfi Ayral
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Murat Ilker

Alper Kul ... Italian

Directed by
Ferzan Ozpetek 
 
Writing credits
Ferzan Ozpetek (story)

Ferzan Ozpetek  and
Stefano Tummolini 

Aldo Sambrell 

Produced by
Paolo Buzzi .... executive producer
Cengiz Ergun .... co-producer
Ozan Ergun .... executive producer
Marco Risi .... producer
Aldo Sambrell .... co-producer
Maurizio Tedesco .... producer
 
Original Music by
Aldo De Scalzi 
Pivio 
 
Cinematography by
Pasquale Mari 
 
Film Editing by
Mauro Bonanni 
 
Art Direction by
Ziya Ulkenciler 
Virginia Vianello 
 
Costume Design by
Selda Cicek 
Metella Raboni 
 
Production Management
Roberto Manni .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Gianluca Mazzella .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Maria Teresa Padula .... assistant art director
 
Sound Department
Massimo Anzellotti .... foley artist
Marco Grillo .... sound
Angelo Raguseo .... sound re-recording mixer
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Alfredo Betrò .... first assistant camera
Francesco Carini .... clapper loader
Marco Santarelli .... key grip
 
Other crew
Vincenzo Mosca .... film sales executive
Gianluca Nardulli .... public relations team (uncredited)
 

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Also Known As:
"Hamam" - Italy (original title)
"The Turkish Baths" - USA
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94 min
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18 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
A Beautiful, subtle, literate movie, 3 December 1998

This film is really a very subtle, literate story. Nothing hits you over the head, there's nothing to win or lose at the end, it's just characters and events unfolding and interacting within a languid pace. It's really a beautiful film, both in scenery, sentiment and depth of feeling.

If you've ever visited Istanbul you should see this film. I expected to see the Hagia Sophia and Blue Mosque right off, but you never see them-- the film chooses to see Istanbul through the charming back alleys and everyday people. The traditions of the country and the warmth of the people are ever-present in this film. Istanbul itself is like a character here, and its special charms are at the center of the story. If you have visited there, you will understand why the characters become so captivated.

But this film only uses Istanbul and the Hamam as a vehicle for showing its characters ways of finding happiness and tranquility in one's life. The story is much more general and eternal. It shares that quality with literature-- it is at once about these specific characters, and also about everyone, everywhere.

Here in New York this film is called "Steam" and is being sold as a major homoerotic experience. It's sad that they have to cheapen this wonderful movie in that way, and people going expecting to get their jollies will be woefully disappointed-- and entirely missing the point.

One tends to think of Turkish/Italian cinema as not being as technically sophisticated, but this film is vary carefully and intelligently written and directed. This really is one of those special, beautiful movies, not as flashy or intense as some, but I think I will remember this film for a long time.

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