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Quality in the welfare state: some remarks on a document from the archive of Harry Schein

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This short article is a brief introduction to a document from the archive of Harry Schein (1924–2006), without question one of the most influential Swedish film and media politicians in the late twentieth century. In the reprinted document, Schein and a number of prominent filmmakers, politicians and intellectuals make an appeal for a new quality-based film subsidy. The early date of the document (1951) suggests that the process that preceded the Swedish film reform of 1963 (where Schein’s role as head of the Swedish Film Institute (SFI) was pivotal) was longer and more complex than previously noted.

Keywords: Harry Schein; Sweden; film politics; film subsidy; labour movement; quality film

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: University of Gävle

Publication date: 2010-10-15

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