Information Package / Course Catalogue
History of Turkish Cinema
Course Code: BMY181
Course Type: Non Departmental Elective
Couse Group: Short Cycle (Associate's Degree)
Education Language: Turkish
Work Placement: N/A
Theory: 2
Prt.: 0
Credit: 2
Lab: 0
Objectives of the Course

To examine the history of Turkish cinema from the beginning to the present with periods, directors, film examples, to give a comparative and critical perspective to evaluate the development process of cinema in Turkey.

Course Content

The first Turkish film in written sources of Turkish cinema history, the Ottoman and Republican period comparisons, the Republican period cinema's periodicization approaches to question, the current and narrative type of the efforts to create a critical perspective and the comparative discussion of the periodical features constitute the content of this course. In this context, film samples related to important directors and periods will be followed and examined.

Name of Lecturer(s)
Ins. Aslıhan TOPAL
Learning Outcomes
1.Students who successfully complete this course can give information about the first period of Turkish cinema.
2.Can explain the formation process of Yeşilçam cinema.
3.Can give information about the prominent directors in Turkish cinema.
4.Can give information about new trends in modern Turkish cinema.
5.Explores the development process of cinema as a mass media in Turkey. It examines the effects of political, economic and social changes on this process.
Recommended or Required Reading
1.History Of Turkish Cinema (Giovanni Scognamillo)
2.Turkish Cinema I-II (Alim Şerif Onaran)
3.History Of Turkish Cinema (N. Ozön / Doruk / 2013)
4.Writings On Turkish Cinema (N. Abisel/Phoenix/2005)
Weekly Detailed Course Contents
Week 1 - Theoretical
Information about the content of the course, introduction of written and visual sources
Week 2 - Theoretical
Introduction to cinema, invention of cinema, arrival to Ottoman lands and first studies. (1895-1921) controversy over the first Turkish film
Week 3 - Theoretical
Continuity of cinema, the first private film company
Week 4 - Theoretical
Yeşilçam: Production-Distribution-Representation
Week 5 - Theoretical
Narrative structure of Yeşilçam melodrama films
Week 6 - Theoretical
Yeşilçam: Film genres
Week 7 - Theoretical
70s Turkish cinema: directors
Week 8 - Theoretical
1980s Turkish Cinema
Week 9 - Theoretical
Week 10 - Theoretical
Folk Laughter And Cultural Origins In Turkish Cinema After 1980 (1980-1990 )
Week 11 - Theoretical
Turkish cinema of the 90s
Week 12 - Theoretical
Turkish cinema in the 2000s
Week 13 - Theoretical
Turkish cinema in the international arena
Week 14 - Theoretical
Discussion on contemporary Turkish cinema
Week 15 - Theoretical
General assessment
Week 16 - Theoretical
Final Exam
Assessment Methods and Criteria
Type of AssessmentCountPercent
Midterm Examination1%30
Final Examination1%70
Workload Calculation
ActivitiesCountPreparationTimeTotal Work Load (hours)
Lecture - Theory140228
Term Project5015
Midterm Examination1516
Final Examination1516
Contribution of Learning Outcomes to Programme Outcomes
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