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Nordic Film Cultures and Cinemas of Elsewhere

Edited by Anna Westerståhl Stenport, Arne Lunde

Hardback (Forthcoming)

A globalized history of Nordic film cultures in a transnational context

  • Introduces the concept of “Elsewheres” and “Cinemas of Elsewhere” – of value for many small national film cultures
  • Promotes an understanding of Scandinavian cinemas as world cinemas
  • Examines overlooked and little-known aspects of how Nordic cinemas have been funded, produced, circulated, received, appropriated and re-imagined outside of Scandinavia
  • Addresses cinemas of exile, diaspora, migration, emigration and immigration
  • Integrates examples of early and silent cinema, popular cinema, art cinema, documentary, shorts, experimental film, expanded media, the avant-garde, video art, music videos, ethnography, television and digital representation
  • Engages with questions of colonialism, gender, multi-lingualism, inter- and cross-cultural representation, film practice in the diaspora and visual anthropology
  • Engages with Indigenous cinemas of the North

Nordic Film Cultures and Cinemas of Elsewhere introduces a new concept to Nordic film studies as well as to other small national, transnational and world cinema traditions. Examining overlooked ‘elsewheres’, the book presents Nordic cinemas as international, cosmopolitan, diasporic and geographically dispersed, from their beginnings in the early silent period to their present 21st-century dynamics.

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Contributor Biographies

1. Introduction: Nordic Film Cultures and Cinemas of Elsewhere; Patrick Ellis, Arne Lunde, and Anna Westerståhl Stenport


2. Mapping Cinema’s Ghosts: Reconstructing the Circulation of Nordic Silent Film in Australia; Julie K. Allen

3. Charlie Chan’s Last Mystery, or the Transcultural Disappearance of Warner Oland; Kim Khavar Fahlstedt

4. Karin Fock Göring’s Gravestone: Tracing the Legacy of the Swedish First Lady of the Third Reich; Patrick Wen

5. Mobility and Marginalization: Arne Sucksdorff’s Documentary Authorship in India and Brazil; Emil Stjernholm

6. "Let’s Get a Swede!" Peter Goldmann, The Beatles, and the Origins of the Music Video; Scott MacKenzie

7. Out of the Margins of Feminist Filmmaking: Vibeke Løkkeberg and the Film Cultures of 1970s West Berlin; Ingrid S. Holtar

8. The Gothenburg International Exile Film Festival in Context; Boel Ulfsdotter and Mats Björkin 


9. Opening up the Post-War World in Color: 1950s Geopolitics and Spectacular Nordic Colonialism in the Arctic and in Africa; Anna Westerståhl Stenport

10. The Diasporic and Polyglot Works of Ingrid Bergman; Scott MacKenzie

11. "Here is my home": Voiceover and Foreign-language Versions in Post-war Danish informational film; C. Claire Thomson

12. A Sámi in Hollywood: Nils Gaup’s Transnational and Generic Negotiations; Gunnar Iversen

13. "There is no Elsewhere!" Stories of Race, Decolonization, and Global Connectivity in Göran Hugo Olsson’s Documentaries; Lill-Ann Körber

14. Aki Kaurismäki’s Finno-French Connections and Other Transcultural Elsewheres; Ana Bento Ribeiro

15. Nordic Noir as a Calling Card: The International Careers of Danish Film and Television Talent in the 2010s; Eva N. Redvall


16. Paris Looks to the North: Swedish Silent Film and the Emergence of Cinephilia; Annie Fee

17. Celebrated, Contested, Criticized: Anita Ekberg, a Swedish Sex Goddess in Hollywood; Ann-Kristin Wallengren

18. The Finnish Cinema Colony in North America, 1938−1941; Anneli Lehtisalo

19. The Transnational Politics of Lars von Trier’s and Thomas Vinterberg’s "Amerika"; Linda Badley

20. The Globalization of Danish Documentary: Creative Collaboration and Modes of Global Documentaries; Ib Bondebjerg

21. Elsewheres of Healing: Trans-Indigenous Spaces in Elle-Máijá Apiniskim Tailfeathers’ Bihttoš; Troy Storfjell (Sámi)

22. Denmark beyond Denmark: Soft Power, Talent Development, and Filmmaking in the Middle East; Mette Hjort 


23. Cinephiliac and Political Passions of the Parisian 1950s: Dreyer’s Jeanne d’Arc and the Cinéma d’Essai; Casper Tybjerg

24. I Am Curious (Yellow) as Sex Education in the United States; Saniya Lee Ghanoui

25. Transnational Cinefeminism of the 1970s and Mai Zetterling’s Documentary Elsewheres; Mariah Larsson

26. The Serpent’s Egg: Ingmar Bergman’s Exilic Elsewheres in 1970s New German and New Hollywood Cinema; Anna Westerståhl Stenport and Arne Lunde

27. Bridging Places, Media, and Traditions: Lasse Hallström’s Chronotopes; Lynn R. Wilkinson

28. Criminal Undertakings: Nicolas Winding Refn, European Film Aesthetics and Hollywood Genre Cinema; Björn Nordfjörd

29. The Cinematic Kon-Tiki Expeditions: Realism, Spectacle, and the Migration of Nordic Cinema; Benjamin Bigelow

About the Author

Anna Westerståhl Stenport is Professor and Chair of the School of Modern Languages at Georgia Institute of Technology. She has written extensively about Nordic cinema, media, visual cultures, culture, drama, and literature. She is the author of Nordic Film Classics: Lukas Moodysson’s ‘Show Me Love’ (Washington, 2012) and co-editor of Films on Ice: Cinemas of the Arctic (with Scott MacKenzie, Edinburgh, 2015) and Arctic Cinemas and the Documentary Ethos (with Lilya Kaganovsky and Scott MacKenzie, Indiana, 2019).

Arne Lunde is Associate Professor in the Scandinavian Section and in Cinema and Media Studies at UCLA. His book Nordic Exposures: Scandinavian Identities in Classical Hollywood Cinema (U. of Washington Press, 2010) explores Scandinavian whiteness and ethnicity in Hollywood cinema between and during the two world wars. He has published in Journal of Scandinavian Cinema, Film International, Film Quarterly, The Moving Image, Scandinavian Studies, Scandinavica, and Comparative Literature.

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