Kurt Seyit & Şura ~ A Bite-Sized Review

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Turkish language theatrical poster for Kurt Seyit & Şura


A Turkish historical drama (2014). Turkflicks & Fun TV (USA) and YouTube for UK & Europe. Based upon a true story and novel. Turkish with subtitles. Drama, history, romance, war. (15 Cert est.) Number of episodes varies depending on platform and whether they are split or not but 46 on YouTube. Original episodes are 1hr 30min+


“The love story of Kurt Seyit, an army major, and Sura, a Russian woman.” IMDb


Kıvanç Tatlıtuğ as “Kurt” [Wolf] Seyit Eminof

Farah Zeynep Abdullah as Şura (Alexandra Verjenskaya)

Birkan Sokullu as Petro

Ushan Çakir as Celil

Asli Orkan as Baroness Lola

Serdar Gökhan as Mirza Mehmet Eminof

Elçin Sangu as Güzide

Bite-Sized Review: 

This story is set around the First World War, the Russian Revolution and its aftermath. It focuses on the Turkish descent officer Kurt Seyit who is in the elite Russian Imperial Guard and his lover the young Russian noblewoman, Şura, their families and friends. It spans from Petrograd (St. Petersburg) to the Crimea and onwards to Istanbul from 1916 to the 1920s. 

An intense, sweeping drama about love, betrayal, friendship, and hope. 

This show has heightened romance but does not shy away from gritty violence and tragic, traumatic events. There is a magnificent “bad guy” (yes, you will want him to meet a sticky end). Kurt Seyit is played by the almost impossibly handsome Kıvanç Tatlıtuğ. All the characters have real depth and motivations and it is jam-packed with emotion. There is a lot of fantastic acting in this! And vodka… A lot of vodka! 

The costuming, music, sets, locations and cinematography are fantastic. There is great fight choreography and the horsemanship skills displayed are outstanding. Filming conditions were clearly extremely harsh in some parts (it is freezing cold and you can see it!) 

If you enjoy sweeping drama with unashamed romance but also do not mind violence and some disturbing themes, then I can heartily recommend this show. It is also pretty much guaranteed that you will start humming the theme tune. 

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