The City on Screen: A Methodological Approach on Cinematic City Studies


  • Sertaç Timur Demir Lancaster University



The City, Cinema, Society, Reflection, Methodology.


The city has a strong memory and it never forgets its own experiences. The past, the present and the future of the city can be read in its streets, buildings, sounds, myths, rhythms and stories. More importantly, if the city is portrayed through a camera, it becomes as fictional and designable as films. At this stage, there is no difference between watching a film and seeing a city. Also, cinema itself turns into a paradigm that belongs to the city. This parallelism between the city and film is like an inevitable destiny so much so that they constitute and develop each other. Accordingly, those who attempt to understand the notion of the city should consult the films made about them and vice versa; hence, this paper deals with the question of how the city is cinematized, but this question involves another question: how does the cinematic imagination fictionalize itself in the city?

Author Biography

Sertaç Timur Demir, Lancaster University

I completed my BA in Film Studies at the University of Anatolia. I earned my MA in Cultural Studies at Lancaster University. I am currently doing PhD in Sociology in the same university under the supervision of Bulent Diken and Graeme Gilloch.


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How to Cite

Demir, S. T. (2015). The City on Screen: A Methodological Approach on Cinematic City Studies. CINEJ Cinema Journal, 4(1), 20–36.