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Bergman and the welfare state

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A neglected approach to the art of Ingmar Bergman is the study of the relationship between his films and the affluent Swedish welfare society in which they were conceived and received over a period spanning almost exactly 60 years.

Keywords: Ingmar Bergman; Swedish Welfare State; auteurism versus culture; faith and knowledge; post-utopian European Cinema; post-utopian landscapes; utopian landscapes

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: Lund University, Sweden.

Publication date: February 1, 2006

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