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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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Contesting Marriage: The Finnish Unromantic Comedy

Contesting Marriage: The Finnish Unromantic Comedy

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(p.159) 11. Contesting Marriage: The Finnish Unromantic Comedy
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Nordic Genre Film
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Jaakko Seppälä

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748693184.003.0012

The genre of the romantic comedy was domesticated in the studio era of Finnish cinema that lasted from the early 1930s to late 1950s by filmmakers who admired Hollywood films, an example of whom would be Valentin Vaala. This domestication was an easy process for the reason that romantic comedies are universal in tone, which means they can be set pretty much in any location, discuss context-specific problems related to relationships and be produced with the modest budgets of small nation cinemas. This has made the genre more than suited for Finnish cinema. Before analysing the Finnish films in detail, I am going to provide a quick background exploration of Finnish romantic comedies of the studio era in order to show the transformation.

Keywords:   Implausible Marriage, Romantic comedy, Unsatisfactory and Satisfactory Endings, Young Couples and the Married Generation, The Storage, The Body Fat Index of Love

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