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Thomas Elsaesser

Thomas Elsaesser is Emeritus Professor at the University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands, and since 2013 Visiting Professor at Columbia University, USA. European Cinema and Continental Philosophy further develops Elsaesser’s approach to national and auteur cinema that began with Fassbinder’s Germany: History Identity Subject (1996), continued with European Cinema - Face to Face with Hollywood (2005) and was given a theoretical turn in Film Theory: An Introduction through the Senses (2010). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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European Cinema and Continental Philosophy : Film as Thought Experiment

Bloomsbury Academic, 2019

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...Post-human, posthumous and post-mortem agency Crucial to our idea of Hollywood cinema is the action hero. Audiences love American films for their practical problem-solvers, their gangster-mafia entrepreneurs, their world...

Dreamers and Other Sentimental Fools: Money, Solidarity and Ambivalent Populism in the Films of Aki Kaurismäki

The Films of Aki Kaurismäki : Ludic Engagements

Bloomsbury Academic, 2018

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...Introduction A persistent representation in Aki Kaurismäki’s cinema renders the members of the working class as longing for an ‘ordinary’ life, a life involving secure employment, conventional love and a middle-class...

Temporality in Kaurismäki: Anachronism, Allusion, Tableau

Thomas Austin

Thomas Austin is Reader in Media & Film at the University of Sussex, UK. He is the author of Hollywood, Hype and Audiences: Selling and Watching Popular Film in the 1990s (2002) and Watching the World: Screen Documentary and Audiences (2007); and co-editor of Contemporary Hollywood Stardom (2003) and Rethinking Documentary: New Perspectives, New Practices (2008). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Films of Aki Kaurismäki : Ludic Engagements

Bloomsbury Academic, 2018

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...In Aki Kaurismäki’s short film Dogs Have No Hell (2002), Released as part of the portmanteau film, Ten Minutes Older: Visions of Time. a small businessman just released from jail has 10 minutes to find the woman he loves...

Levels of Typification in Aki Kaurismäki’s Drifting Clouds

The Films of Aki Kaurismäki : Ludic Engagements

Bloomsbury Academic, 2018

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...In all fiction characters appear to varying degrees like fully rounded personalities as well as somehow representative types. In very rough terms, it may be said that individuation makes characters interesting and evokes sympathetic...

Openings and Conclusions

Pietari Kääpä

Pietari Kääpä is Lecturer in Media and Communications at University of Stirling, UK. His research work synergizes transnational film and media studies with ecocriticism. Kääpä has published widely on transnational Nordic cinema and issues relating to ecocinema, including collections and articles exploring ecocritical concerns in Chinese cinema, in relation to audiences, documentary politics and minority film production. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Ecology and Contemporary Nordic Cinemas : From Nation-building to Ecocosmopolitanism

Bloomsbury Academic, 2014

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...The scope of ecocinema produced in the Nordic countries varies extensively, ranging from the appropriation of nature for culture and capital to valorizations of deep ecology and complex hybridity. I have identified three poles of ecological...

Responsibility and the Nordic Model

Pietari Kääpä

Pietari Kääpä is Lecturer in Media and Communications at University of Stirling, UK. His research work synergizes transnational film and media studies with ecocriticism. Kääpä has published widely on transnational Nordic cinema and issues relating to ecocinema, including collections and articles exploring ecocritical concerns in Chinese cinema, in relation to audiences, documentary politics and minority film production. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Ecology and Contemporary Nordic Cinemas : From Nation-building to Ecocosmopolitanism

Bloomsbury Academic, 2014

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...The scope of this book has gradually expanded from studies of heritage culture to explorations of multicultural ideology in an egalitarian Norden. Moving from the level of domestic concerns to a more global scale is entirely relevant...

Deadpan Dogs: Aki Kaurismäki’s Canine Comedies

Michael Lawrence

Michael Lawrence is Lecturer in Film Studies at the University of Sussex, UK. He is the author of Sabu (2014) and co-editor of The Zoo and Screen Media: Images of Exhibition and Encounter (2016). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Films of Aki Kaurismäki : Ludic Engagements

Bloomsbury Academic, 2018

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...In a particularly succinct summary, Aki Kaurismäki has been described as a ‘deadpan comic visionary, Finland’s number-one movie export, and champion of the underdog and other house pets’. Film Comment 39, no. 2...

Beyond the Edges of the Frame: The Invisible in Aki Kaurismäki’s Films

The Films of Aki Kaurismäki : Ludic Engagements

Bloomsbury Academic, 2018

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...Tom Sutcliffe , Watching ( London : Faber and Faber, 2000), 106. ‘All films are a small region of light...

The Camera’s Ironic Point of View: Notes on Strange and Comic Elements in the Films of Aki Kaurismäki

The Films of Aki Kaurismäki : Ludic Engagements

Bloomsbury Academic, 2018

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...Aki Kaurismäki is known for making melancholic films that discuss pressing social issues from poverty to loneliness; yet paradoxically his films have a reputation for being funny. It is known that ‘many have walked out of his films...

Intercultural Approaches to Ecocinema

Pietari Kääpä

Pietari Kääpä is Lecturer in Media and Communications at University of Stirling, UK. His research work synergizes transnational film and media studies with ecocriticism. Kääpä has published widely on transnational Nordic cinema and issues relating to ecocinema, including collections and articles exploring ecocritical concerns in Chinese cinema, in relation to audiences, documentary politics and minority film production. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Ecology and Contemporary Nordic Cinemas : From Nation-building to Ecocosmopolitanism

Bloomsbury Academic, 2014

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...This book has so far outlined some of the scope of Nordic ecocinema, which ranges from questions of human ecology to heritage dynamics, from environmental justice to neoliberal systems of resource exploitation. The majority of these cases...