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Short Films from a Small NationDanish Informational Cinema 1935-1965$
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C. Claire Thomson

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781474424134

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474424134.001.0001

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Symphony of a Short Film: A City Called Copenhagen

Symphony of a Short Film: A City Called Copenhagen

(p.170) 9. Symphony of a Short Film: A City Called Copenhagen
Short Films from a Small Nation

C. Claire Thomson

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter is devoted to a detailed account of the life cycle of one film, arguably the high water mark of Dansk Kulturfilm’s production: Jørgen Roos’ 1960 short A City Called Copenhagen. This film was nominated for an Academy Award in the Short Subject category. The commissioning process and funding negotiations for this film were prolonged and complex, and are referred to in the film itself, an example of its use of humour. The film was shot on the cusp of the 1960s, and so documents changes to the cityscape, including the presence of Arne Jacobsen’s SAS Hotel. A City Called Copenhagen also circulated very widely and in multiple languages, offering a rich history of distribution and reception. Shot on Eastmancolor stock, the film is an exemplar of how the material instantiation of informational films impacts on their life cycle, and illustrates how the use of digital restoration techniques can recover films for a new digital dispositif.

Keywords:   Danish cinema, Jørgen Roos, Arne Jacobsen, City films, Copenhagen, Eastmancolor, Digital restoration

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