The language of the complex image: Roy Andersson’s political aesthetics
Abstract:Departing from the opening scene of Roy Andersson’s 1991 short Härlig är jorden/World of Glory, the article gives an overview of the director’s political aesthetics outlined in his book Vår tids rädsla för allvar. Through the use of static long shots, stylization and the condensation of time and space Andersson attempts to activate reflection upon existential questions such as solidarity and the individual’s responsibility. In this scene from World of Glory Andersson links these ideas with a critique of Swedish passivity during the Holocaust.
Document Type: Research Article
Affiliations: Halmstad University/Hamburg University
Publication date: October 15, 2010
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