05/04/2007

Crossing the Bridge - The Sound of Istanbul OST (2005)

«Rock, pop, funky, folk curdo, lamenti arabeggianti, clacson. Benvenuti tra le mille voci di Istanbul.

Alexander Hacke che, al di fuori dei suoi Einstürzende Neubaten, aveva composto parte della colonna sonora di La sposa turca, ci porta alla scoperta della scena musicale di Istanbul, fedele al motto confuciano secondo il quale si conoscono un popolo e un luogo entrando in contatto con la loro musica. La Turchia, specie quella che guarda all’Europa, sembra non aver paura delle contaminazioni, forse perché sono solide le radici culturali di base. Il regista Fatih Akin, occidentale d’adozione (vive a Berlino), ci sorprende cogliendo con la macchina da presa sensazioni sonore che vanno dal montante casino della città (traffico, muezzin, grida, vita) alla versione indigena di Music di Madonna fino alla neopsichedelia degli Baba Zula, passando per i dervisci e il folk curdo. Il risultato è il ritratto convincente e coinvolgente di un paese attraverso le sue voci. Come tanti documentari, anche questo Crossing The Bridge (il ponte del titolo è quello sul Bosforo che unisce Oriente e Occidente) pecca a volte di didascalismo, ma è un difetto che gli si perdona volentieri accorgendosi che comunque, con il piede, è impossibile non tenere il ritmo.» (FilmTv)

«If life were fair and film exhibition better, you could watch Fatih Akin's infectiously enjoyable survey of contemporary Turkish music while standing up, or, more ideally, while swaying, spinning and shimmying. To help him with his survey, Mr. Akin, who wrote and directed "Crossing the Bridge" and also served as a camera operator, has enlisted Alexander Hacke, the bassist from the industrial band Einstürzende Neubauten. Narrating in German, the bushy-faced Mr. Hacke makes a wonderfully appealing guide, partly because he's an unabashed enthusiast, partly because he's a genuine character. The musician is clearly following a path laid out for him by the filmmaker, whether he's conducting interviews with fellow musicians or roaming the city's atmospheric streets. Yet while the whole thing could come off as perilously twee, the artificiality of Mr. Hacke's role and the setup only adds to the film's unexpected charm.» […] (Manohla Dargis, The New York Times – full review here)

See also http://www.crossingthebridge.de/

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CHRIS_C said...

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Anonymous said...

this one just gets me fired up for the Omar Faruk Tekbelik concert coming up next week in Berkeley California. (makes my fingers itch for a dumbek as well)

Tarik said...

THANK YOU! THANK YOU THANK YOU!

I've ordered the DVD with the OST CD from Amazon but they need like 10 days to deliver it here. AND I ABSOLUTLEY MUST LISTEN TO IT NOW NOW NOW!

So..

THANK YOU SO MUCH!

P.S.
sorry for the caps... to excited! :P

Anonymous said...

Hello its peter again with a request for one great great album, crossing the bridge, i know some of the people playing there but i didn't had a chance to listen to this album, could you repost it?

cheers

peter

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