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Course Date: 02 September 2014 to 07 October 2014 (5 weeks)
In many ways Scandinavian film and television is a global cultural brand, connected with and exporting some of the cultural and social values connected to a liberal and progressive welfare society. This course deals with the social, institutional and cultural background of film and television in Scandinavia and in a broader European and global context.
Ib Bondebjerg is professor,
PhD in film and media studies, Department of Media, Cognition and
Communication, University of Copenhagen. He has a background in Scandinavian
Studies but has since 1988 done research and taught courses on Danish,
Scandinavian and European film and television, both in Denmark and
He was the chairman of The Danish
Film Institute (1997-2000) and Center
for Modern European Studies (2008-2011), and he is editor in chief of
Palgrave Macmillan’s book series Palgrave
European Film and Media Studies (2013-). He has published numerous articles
and books on film and television, including Television
in Scandinavia (ed. 1996), Moving
Images, Culture and the Mind (ed. 2000), The Danish Directors. Dialogues on a Contemporary National Cinema
(co-ed., 2001), The Danish Directors.
III. Dialogues on a New Documentary Cinema (co-ed, 2013) and Engaging with Reality. Documentary and
Scandinavia is well known internationally
for its welfare society, and part of this welfare society is a very developed
cultural policy based on both the free market and public support. Scandinavia
has a strong film and television culture with institutions and traditions
created to secure creative diversity for both national, Scandinavian and global
audiences. In many ways Scandinavian film and television is a global cultural
brand, connected with and exporting some of the cultural and social values
connected to a liberal and progressive welfare society. Dating back to the
silent cinema era and through the birth of a modern film and television culture
after 1945 Scandinavia has contributed significantly to our global cultural
This course in Scandinavian Film and Television deals with the social,
institutional and cultural background of film and television in Scandinavia and
in a broader European and global context. The course will offer a deeper
understanding of the creative forces behind film and television, of how
Scandinavian society and culture has influenced the production. The course will
deal with the co-production in Scandinavia and the role of Scandinavian film
and television internationally. Theoretically the course will deal with
national and global cinema, with film and media sociology, with genre and
auteur theory and with film and media policy.
The course will also deal with some of the
most important film directors and film and television genres and the way they
have reflected and influenced our understanding of Scandinavia and the image of
Scandinavian culture and society abroad. From Carl Th. Dreyer’s complex
historical and religious dramas, Ingmar Bergman’s symbolic and psychological
films to the modern cinema of Lars von Trier, Aki Kaurismäki, Lukas Moodyson
and Bent Hamer - all important Scandinavian names in a broader European art
cinema tradition. The course will deal
with typical examples of other and more popular genres in Scandinavian cinema
and modern, Scandinavian television drama and with aspects of the Scandinavian
documentary tradition. Examples include Jan Troell’s epic serial The Immigrants/The New Land (1971-72), global,
prize winning drama series like The
Killing (2007-12) and Borgen (2010-)
and international film blockbusters such as the Stieg Larson trilogy.
Will I get a Statement of Accomplishment after completing this class? Yes. Students who successfully complete the class will receive a Statement of Accomplishment signed by the instructor.
Week 1: Contemporary Scandinavian Film and Television Culture: Main Trends (Ib Bondebjerg)
Lecture 1: Scandinavian cinema and the welfare state Lecture 2: Scandinavian cinema: trends and international impact Lecture 3: Scandinavian television culture
Week 2. Carl Th. Dreyer and the classical Scandinavian cinema (Casper Tybjerg)
Lecture 1: The establishing of early cinema in Scandinavia Lecture 2: The golden age of Swedish cinema and Dreyer Lecture 3. Sound film and Dreyer’s career as filmmaker
Week 3. Ingmar Bergman: Between Classicism and Modernism (Johannes Riis) Lecture 1: Bergman and the modern art cinema Lecture 2: Bergman’s film: Themes and style Lecture 3: Chamber films, Persona and the influence of Strindberg
Week 4. Lars von Trier and Dogma 95 (Peter Schepelern) Lecture 1. Lars von Trier: The Early Years Lecture 2. Dogma 95 Lecture 3. Lars von Trier: The Later Years.
Week 5. Scandinavian New Wave Cinema (Birger Langkjær)
Lecture 1. Birth of new wave cinema Lecture 2. Scandinavian new wave: Main tendencies Lecture 3. Scandinavian new wave Auteurs
Week 6. Scandinavian Art Film and Social Drama after 1990 (Ib Bondebjerg)
Lecture 1. ’And the winner is … Scandinavian heritage films Lecture 2. Contemporary Scandinavian film succes Lecture 3. Modern Scandinavian art films
Week 7. The Scandinavian Documentary (Ib Bondebjerg)
Lecture 1. Discovering reality on film: The early documentary Lecture 2. A new look at reality: The modern Scandinavian documentary Lecture 3. Documentary in a global and digital world
Week 8. Scandinavian Television Drama 1960-200 (Ib Bondebjerg)
Lecture 1. A medium for education: early television drama Lecture 2. The birth of modern television drama Lecture 3. Stories by instalment: television and serial narratives
Week 9. Scandinavian Television Drama After 2000 (Eva Novrup Redvall)
Lecture 1. Scandinavian television drama after the millennium Lecture 2. Danish public service television drama in the 2000s Lecture 3. Scandi-Crime and Nordic Noir.
Week 10. Transnational Scandinavia: Scandinavian Film and Television in the Global and Digital Era (Ib Bondebjerg)
Lecture 1. The birth of a global online culture Lecture 2. Is Nordic globally cool? Lecture 3. Towards new horizons: transnational futures.
The class will consist of lecture videos (with built-in quizzes),
which are between 8 and 12 minutes in length. There will also be small written assignments and reading material for the weekly modules.