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Tommy Gustafsson and Pietari Kääpä

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780748693184

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748693184.001.0001

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The Private Life of the Prime Minister? Politics, Drama and Documentary in Pääministeri and Palme

The Private Life of the Prime Minister? Politics, Drama and Documentary in Pääministeri and Palme

Chapter:
(p.119) 8. The Private Life of the Prime Minister? Politics, Drama and Documentary in Pääministeri and Palme
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Nordic Genre Film
Author(s):

Anneli Lehtisalo

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748693184.003.0009

Palme and Pääministeri can be considered exceptional films in their respective national contexts. Politics and public figures have not been a typical subject for contemporary feature films in Sweden or in Finland, although similar topics have thrived in Anglo-American media culture. Films like The Deal (UK, 2003), Looking for Fidel (USA, Brazil, 2004), The Queen (UK, France, Italy, 2006) and Margaret (UK, 2009) have depicted the political past and present by portraying the experiences or actions of known politicians in different generic modes, such as documentary dramas, documentaries and fictional biographical films. The film Palme differentiates itself in the Swedish context with its extremely controversial main character and sensitive topic. In Finland, as well, politicians have rarely been depicted in recent years. The documentary drama Pääministeri exemplifies such Finnish films. Although the docudramatic mode was not unprecedented in Finland, Pääministeri exemplified a new, international trend in television production by depicting a dramatised account of a living person and a relatively recent political incident.

Keywords:   Pääministeri, Palme, documentary drama, Dramatised Past, Creating the Mystery, Engaging the Audience, Historical Accounts, Circulating Narratives

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