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The Danish Directors (HB)
Dialogues on a contemporary national cinema
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ISBN 9781841500355
Hardback 288 pages

Published January 2003
Imprint: Intellect
Books by Mette Hjort
Books by Ib Bondebjerg
Books in Film Studies

Edited by Mette Hjort and Ib Bondebjerg
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In response to the resurgence of Danish film, this book presents a collection of in-depth interviews with 19 of Denmark's finest film-makers.

Profiling the canonized figures alongside recently-established filmmakers, this collection features interviews with Lars von Trier, Søren Kragh-Jacobsen, Thomas Vinterberg and Henning Carlsen among many others. It poses questions that engage with ongoing and controversial issues within film studies, which will stimulate debate in academic and filmgoing circles alike.

Each interview is preceded by a photograph of the director, biographical information, and a filmography. Frame enlargements are used throughout to help clarify particular points of discussion and the book as a whole is contextualised by an informative general introduction. A valuable addition to the growing library of books on Scandinavian film, national cinema and minority cinema.

 

Introductions

'Danish Cinema: A Small Nation in a Global Culture'

'Four Generations of Danish Directors'

 

Interviews

1. Gabriel Axel

2. Henning Carlsen

3. Jorgen Leth

4. Christian Braad Thomsen

5. Jytte Rex

6. Erik Clausen

7. Anders Refn

8. Helle Ryslinge

9. Nils Malmros

10. Morten Arnfred

11. Soren Kragh-Jacbosen

12. Bille August

13. Jon Bang Carlsen

14. Lars von Trier

15. Ole Bornedal

16. Susanne Bier

17. Jonas Elmer

18. Lotte Svendsen 

19. Thomas Vinterberg

Reviews
'Anyone interested in contemporary Danish cinema will need to own a copy of this book, which is the single most important source of up-to-date information on the subject, in any language. These dialogues make lively reading, deal with the most pertinent issues, and are immensely informative. ' – Professor Richard Raskin, University of Århus

'Instruktørens blik [referring to the Danish-language edition] is a veritable goldmine for international readers who are interested in understanding why Danish film once again has achieved international recognition.' – Fyens Stiftstidende, Mogens Damgaard

'An outstanding, thorough, and carefully researched book that ought to fuel discussions in and about the Danish film milieu.' – Palle Schantz Lauridsen, Kristeligt Dagblad

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