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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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Mobility and Marginalization: Arne Sucksdorff’s Documentary Authorship in India and Brazil

Mobility and Marginalization: Arne Sucksdorff’s Documentary Authorship in India and Brazil

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(p.67) 5. Mobility and Marginalization: Arne Sucksdorff’s Documentary Authorship in India and Brazil
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Nordic Film Cultures and Cinemas of Elsewhere
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Emil Stjernholm

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474438056.003.0005

This chapter studies the Swedish documentary filmmaker Arne Sucksdorff’s work in India and Brazil by mapping the production and circulation of The Flute and the Arrow (1957) and My Home is Copacabana (1965). The former film represented a growing interest not only from international documentary filmmakers and experts in India but also the Nehru administration’s desire to both formally and informally support foreign filmmakers’ ventures in the country. Furthermore, Sucksdorff’s film bears traces of the expository documentary mode and a naturalist, anti-modernist sentiment. Alienated by the Swedish film establishment, he moved to Brazil, teaching film production for UNESCO and mentoring filmmakers who later became key figures in the Brazilian New Wave “Cinema Novo.” He also directed in Rio de Janeiro the documentary drama My Home is Copacabana (1965), thus occupying a privileged position within Brazilian film culture during an important transformative period.

Keywords:   Sucksdorff, Brazil, India, Documentary, Authorship, Cinema Novo

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