O Beautiful Istanbul (1967)

Run Time - 94 min.  |   Countries - Turkey  |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Synopsis by Dan Pavlides

A Bohemian playboy who has squandered his wealth falls for a young waterfront waif in this romantic melodrama. His friends in the music publishing business convince him to combine traditional Turkish folk music with a more modern approach. The waif Ayse (Alya Algan) becomes an overnight sensation as a singer and begins a grueling performance schedule that nearly leads to her suicide. Later, Aye decides her love for her man is more important than personal fame and makes plans to return to Istanbul. The film makes compelling comparisons between the old and new Istanbul and the subsequent results on society.