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The Ottomans in cinema & TV.

Interesting blog article from a while ago talking about the Ottoman Empire in Turkish TV and movies and their exporting to other countries of the former empire. Read Here.

Here you will find information on cinematic and television representations of the Ottoman Empire in both fact and fiction. Most of what you find listed here is available to buy on DVD.


Islam: Empire of Faith – Documentary series of 3 episodes made in 2000

Civilisation: Is the West History?  – Documentary series by Niall Ferguson, the Ottomans appear in Episode 2: Science.

Ancient Warriors: The Janissaries – An episode of a documentary series aired by The Discovery Channel in 1994

The Ottoman Empire: A World of Difference – Historical documentary.

Histories Turning Points: Constantinople 1453 – Historical documentary.

Also check out Crash Course episodes on Islam and the Ottoman Relations with Venice.

#13 Islam, the Quran, and the Five Pillars

#19 Venice and the Ottoman Empire


Pascali’s Island – Movie, 1988 based on the novel by Barry Unsworth

The Day of the Siege: September Eleven 1683 – Movie, 2012, detailing the events of the second Ottoman sieges of Vienna.

Fetih 1453 – Movie, 2012, detailing the capture of Constantinople by Mehmed II.

Muhteşem Yüzyıl (The Maginificent Century) – currently airing Turkish TV series following the reign of Süleyman the Magnificent, this is a very popular show. Most episodes can be found here: http://www.youtube.com/user/TurkWebTV

Vreme na Nasilie (Time of Violence) – Bulgarian movie, 1987-88, set in mid-16th century focusing on the Ottoman-Bulgarian conflicts in a small region of Bulgaria.

Dark Prince: The True Story of Dracula – US movie, made in 2000, story follows Vlad the Impaler from boyhood to man and emphasizes his time spent among the Turks as a boy, his brother’s conversion and the subsequent bad relations and the constant wars against the Ottomans that Vlad was engaged in.


Bir Zamanlar Osmanlı Kıyam (Once Upon a Time in the Ottoman Empire: Rebellion) This 2 season TV series focuses on the ‘Tulip Era’ and the Patrona Rebellion in the Eighteenth Century Ottoman Empire. Episodes can be found here: http://www.youtube.com/user/BirZamanlarOsmanliKi/videos

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