Alien, Inception, And More Reimagined As Traditional Ottoman Paintings

By David Wharton | 7 years ago

It never fails to amaze me just how many out-of-left-field ways creative fans come up with to remix and riff on their favorite movies. We’ve seen animated gifs designed to look like custom neon art. We’ve seen Lucasfilm and ILM employees take sidewalk art to the next level. And now? Now we can see what classic science fiction films such as Alien, Inception, and A Clockwork Orange would look like if adapted into traditional Ottoman-style paintings. See if you can guess which one this is.


Yep, that’s Christopher Nolan’s epic mind-heist flick Inception, complete with multiple different layers of consciousness represented in a very clever fashion. These are all the handiwork of artist Murat Palta, who created them as part of his graduation thesis. Here’s his background on the project:

It all started 2 years ago with an experiment to blend traditional ‘oriental’ (Ottoman) motifs and contemporary ‘western’ cinema. After a positive response to ‘Ottoman Star Wars’, I decided to take the theme further, and developed more film posters using the same technique.

Combining global with local, traditional with contemporary, and adding a bit of humor made it a fun and rewarding experience for me. According to my marks that I got from the project, the teachers’ opinion were the same.

Out hat’s off to you, Palta. This is a really unique way to explore these familiar films, and I love a lot of the little details, like Luke’s lightsaber curving, scimitar style, in his “Ottoman Star Wars.”


I have to admit, the T-1000 isn’t quite as intimidating in a horse-drawn chariot, but I guess the Ottoman empire was decidedly short on semis.


Below you can check out Palta’s Ottoman versions of A Clockwork Orange and Alien, and you can click over to his website to see his takes on Goodfellas, Kill Bill, Pulp Fiction, Scarface, The Godfather, and The Shining.