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Films on IceCinemas of the Arctic$
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Scott MacKenzie and Anna Westerstahl Stenport

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780748694174

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748694174.001.0001

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The Tour: A Film About Longyearbyen, Svalbard. An Interview with Eva la Cour

The Tour: A Film About Longyearbyen, Svalbard. An Interview with Eva la Cour

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(p.255) 19. The Tour: A Film About Longyearbyen, Svalbard. An Interview with Eva la Cour
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Films on Ice
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Johanne Haaber Ihle

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748694174.003.0020

In this chapter, Johanne Haaber Ihle and Eva La Cour discuss how historical assumptions of visual anthropology, present in many earlier films of the Arctic, are both upheld and challenged by modes of participant-observer in contemporary nomadic life in the remote Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard. In La Cour’s film The Tour (2012), the nomads are taxi drivers, tourists, scientists, and miners, whose stories are offset against a partially obscured and dramatic Svalbard landscape, to challenge precisely the notion that the landscape and location bear intrinsic meaning separate from cultural and aesthetic traditions of representing it.

Keywords:   Eva La Cour, The Tour, Svalbard, Documentary, essay film, Longyearbyen, ethnographic filmmaking, Arctisme, Orientalism

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