February 19, 2012

Turkey’s Blockbuster Replays Istanbul Conquest, Stoking Controversy

More than five hundred years after Turkish armies led by Sultan Mehmet II conquered Constantinople, attempts to document the capture of the city which subsequently became Istanbul are still proving divisive.

On Thursday, the most expensive attempt to show the history of that epic battle hits cinemas across Turkey. ‘Fetih 1453’ or ‘Conquest 1453’ cost a whopping $17 million, making it the most expensive Turkish film ever made, according to local media.

With directors promising a two-and-half hour spectacle of blood, action and tub-thumping Ottoman triumph, it’s also shaping up to be one of Turkey’s more controversial cinematic offerings.


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