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Nordic Film Cultures and Cinemas of Elsewhere$
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Anna Westerstahl Stenport and Arne Lunde

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781474438056

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474438056.001.0001

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Mapping Cinema Ghosts: Reconstructing the Circulation of Nordic Silent Film in Australia

Mapping Cinema Ghosts: Reconstructing the Circulation of Nordic Silent Film in Australia

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(p.25) 2. Mapping Cinema Ghosts: Reconstructing the Circulation of Nordic Silent Film in Australia
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Nordic Film Cultures and Cinemas of Elsewhere
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Julie K. Allen

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474438056.003.0002

This chapter examines how Nordic silent films circulated as far away from Scandinavia as in Australia. This far-flung distribution chain was facilitated and hampered by political and economic developments on both sides of the globe. In the 1910s, the Copenhagen-based Nordisk Film Company was the second largest exporter of films in the world. Distributed primarily by Pathé Frérès and Nordisk, Swedish and Danish silent films played to great success all over the continent of Australia. Early Nordic stars, in particular Asta Nielsen and Valdemar Psilander, were beloved. As products of neutral countries, Danish and Swedish films continued to circulate internationally during the war. By the time silent film was rendered obsolete by sound film, the distribution of Nordic film in the Pacific was largely a thing of the past. The chapter reconstructs the circulation of these films from remaining traces including newspapers of the period

Keywords:   Circulation, Exports, Australia, Mapping, Sweden, Nordisk, Denmark, Asta Nielsen, lost films, newspapers

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