Scandinavian 161: Introduction to Nordic Cinema: The Classic Era, 1910s-1960s

Instructor: Arne Lunde

This survey course provides an overview of Nordic film history during its classic period (1910s-1960s). Films will include works by canonical directors such as Victor Sjöström, Benjamin Christensen, Carl Th. Dreyer, Alf Sjöberg, Ingmar Bergman, Edith Carlmar, and Mai Zetterling. It will also focus on Nordic stars like Ingrid Bergman, Harriet Andersson, and Max von Sydow, among others. We will explore Swedish, Danish, and Norwegian film cultures within multiple contexts: film form (e.g., cinematography, editing, music, sound), transnationalism, society and politics, the star system, genres, auteurist and studio styles, and new technologies). Taught in English.