Movie Recommendations for Those Who Want to Get to Know Pera Palace Hotel
Pera Palace Hotel, which shattered a notable place in Istanbul in the history of architecture, has the first electric elevator and the first hot water, is a noteworthy landmark in Turkey and the world. Let’s look at Pera Palace Hotel, the meeting point of East and West, witnessing countless stories…
When you think of Banker Bilo (1980), the first thing that comes to mind is the famous “I did it, but just ask, why did I do it” scene. Yeşilcam’s unforgettable comedy film is about the adventures of Bilo, who dreams of going to Germany as a worker, and Maho, who deceives young people like Bilo. So, how many times can a person trust the same person? How can the world’s most generous and ethical person suddenly become greedy? Another memorable scene of Banker Bilo, one of the classics of Turkish cinema, is the elevator scene inside the Pera Palace Hotel! It is also known as Turkey’s first electric elevator. Starring İlyas Salman and Şener Şen and directed by Ertem Eğilmez, the movie is a great classic that makes you laugh at times and makes you think a lot!
Kalbin Zamanı (Heart’s Time)
Kalbin Zamanı, which begins with the conversation of two ex-detectives, is a romantic detective thriller combined with love, friendship, and humor. Zeki Alasya, Hülya Avşar, Oktay Kaynarca, Birol Ünel and Halil Ergün are starring in the leading roles in the 2004 film directed by Ali Özgentürk. The film, which tells the adventures of four young people in their 20s at the Pera Palace Hotel, the center of social life, also breaks new ground in Turkish cinema. The 4-minute animation at the beginning and in the movie’s final scene features the fictional love of Alfred Hitchcock, Agatha Christie, who were visited the Pera Palace Hotel. Of course, two influential names who were guests of Pera Palace, which has witnessed history for many years, would only meet in a fantastic story… The movie, which came to life when their paths crossed again at the Pera Palace Hotel when they reached their 50s, presents a mysterious murder puzzle to detective enthusiasts.
Baş Belası (Trouble-maker)
Directed by the master actor Kartal Tibet and starring Zeki Alasya and Metin Akpınar in the leading roles, Baş Belası (1982) tells the story of a naive lover who crosses paths with a composer who is forced to commit murder by the mafia. While the lobby, rooms, historical elevator, and reception of Pera Palace Hotel are the main venues of the movie, the story of the film leaves a fairy-tale flavor in the hearts.
A Netflix Series: Midnight at Pera Palace
Brought to life by Karga Seven Pictures, directed by Emre Şahin and written by Elif Usman, psychological drama series, inspired by the Charles King book with the same name where we witness to the birth of modern İstanbul via the Pera Palace Hotel, will have Hazal Kaya and Selahattin Paşalı in the leading roles.
What would you do if you had the chance to time travel at Pera Palace Hotel, where we experienced the golden age of Istanbul in the 21st century?
Esra, a young journalist, is assigned to write an article about Pera Palace Hotel. Meanwhile, she discovers that one of the rooms she visited is a door to 1919, and the adventure begins… While Mustafa Kemal Atatürk was building a nation-state, Halide Edip was fighting for women’s rights, White Russians in exile sold her family heirlooms, Trotsky lived on Büyükada, A fairy-tale journey to the Belle Epoque of Istanbul, where a young Muslim girl is chosen as the World Beauty Queen. This journey has a mission, of course… Esra, aware of a plot against Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, now has to protect Turkey’s history and future flow. The countdown of the Midnight series has begun at Pera Palace, which we have been eagerly awaiting…
Although the door to the past is the work of fantastic fiction, the doors of the museum-hotel Pera Palace, with its 127 years of history, where you will feel like you have traveled through time, are open to all its guests. So maybe you visit room 101 where Atatürk’s memories are exhibited, take a coffee break at Patisserie de Pera, or take a cocktail break at Orient Bar…