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Istanbul Kanatlarimin Altinda (1996)

The story takes us back to the 17th century Istanbul, and the powerful times of the Ottoman Empire under the rule of Sultan Murad IV. Hezarfen Ahmet Celebi, Logari Celebi, Bekri Mustafa and... See full summary »

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Mustafa Altioklar
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Credited cast:
Ege Aydan Ege Aydan ... Hezarfen Ahmet Çelebi
Okan Bayülgen Okan Bayülgen ... Lagari Hasan Çelebi
Beatriz Rico Beatriz Rico ... Francesca
Savas Ay Savas Ay ... Bekri Mustafa
Burak Sergen Burak Sergen ... Murad IV, sultan of Ottoman Empire
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Akasya Asiltürkmen Akasya Asiltürkmen ... Hezarfen Ahmet 's Sister
Haluk Bilginer ... Evliya Çelebi
Altan Günbay
Berke Hürcan Berke Hürcan ... Musa
Nazan Kesal Nazan Kesal ... Fahise
Tuncel Kurtiz ... Recep Pasha, Topal
Zuhal Olcay Zuhal Olcay ... Kösem Sultan
Giovanni Scognamillo Giovanni Scognamillo
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The story takes us back to the 17th century Istanbul, and the powerful times of the Ottoman Empire under the rule of Sultan Murad IV. Hezarfen Ahmet Celebi, Logari Celebi, Bekri Mustafa and Evliya Celebi are four good friends who do research to enable human beings to fly. During the sea battle which took place between the Ottoman Empire and the Italians, a ship which had been seized in the Mediterranean Sea is brought to Istanbul, and a young wounded lady named Francesca, the daughter of the killed Captain, becomes a slave for Hezarfen Ahmet Celebi. Hezarfen heals Francesca's wounds, who has been working on deciphering Leonardo DA Vinci's works in Rome and soon, although she is mute, they start working to find out the secret of flying. Meanwhile they fall in love with each other. The film, also illustrate the days of the Ottoman Empire in the 17th century. In a very strict and powerful environment, the principal four characters struggle to realize their dream, and among the generous ... Written by camoka

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Turkish

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15 March 1996 (Turkey) See more »

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En busca del cielo See more »

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Historical Sci-Fi Epic of the 17th Century Europe
11 January 2009 | by CihanVercanSee all my reviews

With a cross-border cinematography; director Altioklar delivers us the Renaissance age of Europe in this film, the best age ever to live in Istanbul. It is the age that the Ottoman Empire was the ruler of the Mediterranean and the victor of the naval warfare against Russians, Italians, Venetians, Tuscanians and Genoans. Empires of this age, which are under regency and sultana rule, don't support scientific developments just as in the case of Russians sent Galilee to court because he believes that the world is round, as Italians prohibited the early work of Leonardo Da Vinci. Much like them Ottoman Sultan 4.Murat also prohibits the Turkish scientists researching onto the flight trials. The story doesn't deny what actually has happened in the history; but since the plot implies historical fantasy partially, there are a few logical and historical goofs. Yet the whole script treats of the life of a loony scientist. That's why this is a science fiction epic, it never annoys the viewer with too much historical concept.

Costumes and make-ups are perfect. Weaponry is so down to earth. The saints and scientists come together in joints and rum holes which are banned to be closed. Right at the first moment the script introduces the main characters to us, the 2 saints and 2 scientists spending their times together, we feel like we are one of them. I have never seen that perfect characterization in a historical movie ever. Though the script was so effective and binding with the plot, the sound and light quality is weak. There are some long lasting night scenes and involved conversations. I never wanted to miss a word to not to miss anything. The leading actor performing Hazerfan Ahmet Çelebi draws a lot of attention from the viewer, not just because he is lunatic but at the same time he is very wise and is a believer. Despite his friends laughing at his theories and the proscription on scientific researches, he doesn't give up. Then a miracle occurs, from a captured Italian ship he finds some worksheets from Leonardo Da Vinci with Da Vinci's codes on it. He buys an Italian slave and expects her to decode the worksheets to be able to understand the Gravity law, the Air pressure to fly with human-made wings. The story-telling takes our attention wisely and keeps us in astonishment how Hazerfan Ahmet Çelebi develops his researches step by step.

This is not a family movie, but should be watched personally or with somebody beloved. There are adult related materials. Be aware don't watch it to children. Try not to miss even a second, otherwise you won't be able to understand what is happening and why is happening. This film must not be classified as romance or history, those are just additional elements. "Istanbul Kanatlarimin Altinda"(means Istanbul Beneath My Wings) truly is an inspirational science fiction epic. Each time you watch it, you will find something new. Something funny, something sad; someone can believe it, someone can't.


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