Swedish film : an introduction and reader /
edited by Mariah Larsson & Anders Marklund.
Lund : Nordic Academic Press, c2010.
367 p. ; 23 cm.
9185509361, 9789185509362
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Lund : Nordic Academic Press, c2010.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 2011-06-01:
A book on Swedish film? Ah, Bergman, right? Wrong. Apart from many references to Bergman, only one essay in this collection is about him ("Ingmar Bergman and Modernity"). And a single essay out of 42 contradicts expectations. Other essays treat silent films, Hollywood's influence, documentaries, youth-problem films, the 1960s, auteurs, immigrant films, producers, and censorship. Also included: a graceful analysis of comedy and an excellent investigation of Swedish Americans and cinema. More useful than treatments that are predictable (e.g., of Mauritz Stiller, of "Selma Lagerlof and literary adaptations") are surprises--like essays on Gerry af Klecker, Gustaf Molander, Peter Weiss, Jan Troel, Lasse Hallstrom, Mai Zetterling, and I Am Curious--Yellow and I Am Curious--Blue. Shocking is the essay on tattare, (gypsies, Romani, foreigners--and, by extension, stereotypes, miscegenation, sterilization). Clearly, this volume does not replace a standard history, e.g., Peter Cowie's Swedish Cinema, from Ingeborg Holm to Fanny and Alexander (1985). Rather, it is a longed-for elaboration, an insider's clarification, an updating. This collection does not threaten histories, biographies, or critical studies; it is supplementary, and it emphasizes the past 30 years. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above. P. H. Stacy emeritus, University of Hartford
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"Swedish Film is an expertly researched & presented text dealing with the history of Swedish Film through many articles written, not just by Swedes, but by international film scholars too.In my opinion, one of the finest books produced on the Swedish Film industry to date." - Screen Trade Febreuary/March 2011
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Main Description
A compilation of carefully selected articles written by international film scholars, this record provides an in-depth look into the history of Swedish film. This scholarly account covers various phenomena, including the early screenings at the turn of the century, Swedish censorship, the golden age of silent films, 1930s' comedies and melodramas, documentaries, pornography, and experimental films. In addition, this volume examines the work of important contributors, such as Ingmar Bergman, Stefan Jarl, and Peter Weiss, and discusses film policies of the new millennium.
Main Description
The Editors give a wide and yet concise presentation of the history of Swedish film through carefully selected articles by Swedish and international film scholars. The book draws upon a rich tradition of research on Swedish cinema, and it offers a varied and inspiring introduction to the history from the very first film screenings to contemporary works. The anthology is organized in thematic sections on, for instance, the Swedish cinema institutions; silent films; genre cinema; authors and art cinema, and a reflection on the film industry before and after the new millennium. Combining in-depth studies with contextualizing introductions, the book provides a rich spectrum of perspectives on Swedish film previously unavailable in English. The book will be essential reading for students, scholars and anyone who has an interest in Swedish cinema!
Table of Contents
Editors' Prefacep. 9
Acknowledgementsp. 17
Changing Institutions for Film Screenings
Introductionp. 20
Going to the Cinemap. 23
Censorship in Swedenp. 34
Silent Cinema
Introducing Cinema to Sweden
Introductionp. 44
Film Exhibition in Örebro 1897-1902p. 47
Georg af Klercker, the Silent Era and Film Researchp. 63
The Golden Age and Late Silent Cinema
Introductionp. 72
Victor Sjöström and the Golden Agep. 76
Selma Lagerlöf and Literary Adaptationsp. 86
Travellers as a Threat in Swedish Film in the 1920sp. 92
Genre Cinema
Popular Cinema in the 1930s
Introductionp. 106
The Melodramas of Gustaf Molanderp. 109
The 1930s' Folklustspel and Film Farcep. 119
Celebrating Swedishness Swedish-Americans and Cinemap. 134
Hollywood's Influence after the War?
Introductionp. 144
Youth Problem Films in the Post-War Yearsp. 147
Little Miss Lonely Style and Sexuality inp. 161
Documentary Filmmaking in Sweden
Introductionp. 169
A Fly on the Wall On Dom kallar oss mods and the Mods Trilogyp. 173
Genre Filmmaking in a Difficult Film Climate
Introductionp. 182
Pippi and her Palsp. 186
The Criminal and Society in Mannen på taketp. 198
Contested Pleasuresp. 205
Auteurs and Art Cinema
Art Cinema, Auteurs and the Art Cinema 'Institution'
Introductionp. 216
Ingmar Bergman and Modernity Some Contextual Remarksp. 219
Peter Weiss: Underground and Resistancep. 229
The New Generation of the 1960s
Introductionp. 239
The Reception of Vilgot Sjöman's Curious filmsp. 243
Poetry in Sound and Image Jan Troell's Early TV Filmsp. 256
Modernity, Masculinity and the Swedish Welfare State: Mai Zetterling's Flickornap. 263
Changing Conditions for Auteurs after 1970
Introductionp. 270
The Complex Imagep. 274
Distinctive Films in Mainstream Cinema Suzanne Osten's Bröderna Mozartp. 279
Before and After the New Millenium
A Renewal of Swedish Film?
Introductionp. 284
Distinctive Films in Mainstream Cinemap. 287
'Immigrant Film' in Sweden at the Millenniump. 292
Swedish Films and Filmmakers Abroad
Introductionp. 306
Lasse Hallström: Family Secretsp. 311
Production and Producers
Introductionp. 321
Local and Global: Lukas Moodysson and Memfisp. 325
The Regional Turn: Developments in Scandinavian Film Productionp. 334
Contributorsp. 346
Indexp. 350
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