The Power Of Observator


  • Hatice Tuba CİVELEK Arş. Gör, Maltepe Üniversitesi, Güzel Sanatlar Fakültesi, Çizgi Film ve Animasyon Bölümü,


cinema, NuriBilgeCeylan, film, panopticon


Nuri Bilge Ceylan, while making a provincial and Anatolian depiction with his films, places his own life, dreams, the geography he left. With its attitude in favor of the presentation of reality, it reflects the power of the image to the screen with its scenes close to the photo frame it takes. The director, who was assumed with the problem of adding meaning to the image, made natural films in plain language. Geography and the culture it produces are an important factor that affect a person's character. Ceylan, who is part of contemporary filmmakers, produces films parallel to his geography as a director, and takes care to add literary genres to the content of films that he reads from his own inner world. With his artistic experience in his films, he brought an innovative and rich perspective to Turkish Cinema. Ceylan, who chose Anatolia in Istanbul as a venue, has a mountain covered with its preferred natural spaces (forest, seaside, steppe, snow... by showing the relationality with nature, especially in the first films, he has adopted a narrative structure that conveys his pastoral perspective in a minimal manner in static dimensions. Ceylan is a consistent director in himself who has managed to stay out of the mainstream tradition that sets his style with clear lines. He expertly uses light in every film.The director switches to a peeping - surveillance position with the camera angles he uses or positioning his characters. Through a watchful eye, he looks at people who are on the sidelines, living outside the city, sometimes in the countryside, sometimes through the heart of Istanbul. The purpose of this study is to reveal how the director looks through Ceylan's filmography through content analysis in the axis of the panopticon concept. Accordingly, director's filmography revealed by analyzing Small Town (1997), Clouds of May (1999), Distant (2002), Once Upon A Time In Anatolia (2011), Wild Pear Tree (2018) films in the axis of panopticon. Technical information about the films included in the study, the story of the films and how the director's films are changed in the cinema language, time and space, how it is used camera angles, acting preferences are discussed in terms of revealing the causality of the concept.


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CİVELEK, H. T. (2020). The Power Of Observator. EUROASIA JOURNAL OF SOCIAL SCIENCES & HUMANITIES, 7(16), 59–64. Retrieved from