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ReFocus: The Films of Susanne Bier$
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Missy Molloy, Mimi Nielsen, and Meryl Shriver-Rice

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781474428729

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474428729.001.0001

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Tracing Affect in Susanne Bier’s Dramas

Tracing Affect in Susanne Bier’s Dramas

(p.155) Chapter 8 Tracing Affect in Susanne Bier’s Dramas
ReFocus: The Films of Susanne Bier

Mimi Nielsen

Edinburgh University Press

Mimi Nielsen’s “Tracing Affect in Susanna Bier’s Dramas” proposes two intertwined, extensive themes apparent across much of Bier’s oeuvre stresses particular stylistic and narrative traits that significantly contribute to Bier’s work being both unique and recognizable. Nielsen, in support of her dual argument that Bier’s films evidence a preoccupation with “intensity-as- affect,” draws from four feature films that span much of Bier’s directorial career. Nielsen expounds on the prevalence of attention to affect in Bier’s work, in this instance its role in a character’s self-coherence. She also addresses Bier’s preoccupation with male characters and notes how these two themes coalesce and call into question assumptions of containment and self-sufficiency associated with individualism, especially those allied with concepts of masculinity.

Keywords:   Susanne Bier, Danish cinema, affect theory, cinematic aesthetics

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