Northern Constellations: New Readings in Nordic Cinema | Buy Now
Edited by C. Claire Thomson
ISBN-10: 1870041631 ISBN-13: 9781870041638
320 pages £16.95 paperback 2006 Series A No. 26
What happens when a camera gets trapped in a Swedish elevator, or when the body of the tourist meets the snow of an Icelandic winter? How is Lars von Trier re-working Carl Th. Dreyer's images of flesh and spirit for a digital age? How can filmic space re-negotiate local, national, and global forms of belonging?
Northern Constellations features interventions from leading cinema studies scholars and Scandinavian specialists from the UK, the US and the Nordic world. Engaging with contemporary film and cultural theory - particularly on affect, embodiment, memory, place, interculturality, and realism - the essays explore the potential of cinema to map space, body, and community. Older Nordic classics by Carl Th. Dreyer, Ingmar Bergman and Victor Sjöström are re-interpreted in constellation with the themes and concerns of established and emerging contemporary filmmakers, including Lars von Trier, Aki Kaurismäki, Liv Ullmann, Friðrik Þór Friðriksson, Suzanne Taslimi and Max Kestner.
Northern Constellations should appeal to the general cinema-goer as well as to film scholars and students. The volume includes black-and-white illustrations, and each chapter is supported by bibliographical references.