Religious Figures of Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s Cinema in the Context of Coding-Decoding: The Case of Ahlat Tree and Winter Sleep

Cinema has an important place in reflecting cultural, political, economic and social structure of the society in which it was born. Cinema is an artistic expression of social changes and transformations. In this context, the analysis of cinema films is an opportunity for understanding the social breaking points. In this study, the relationship between popular culture, cinema and religion was examined. Religious figures in Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s Ahlat Tree and Winter Sleep were discussed in the context of Stuart Hall’s coding-decoding theory in the context of new realism. When the films of Ceylan are examined, it is seen that he is influenced by the new realism movement. However, the influence of new realism has diminished in Ceylan’s recent films. Receiving internationally important awards, high production productions brought popularity. This study examined the reading forms presented to the audience with religious figures in the context of coding-decoding and tried to reveal their relation to popular culture.


Sociology of Religion, Popular Culture, Cinema, Religion, Coding-Decoding, Nuri Bilge Ceylan.

Author : - Zehra AKTÜRK
Number of pages: 96-128
Full text:
Toplum Bilimleri Dergisi
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