The element of crime and punishment: Aki Kaurismäki, Lars von Trier and the traditions of Nordic cinema
Author: Schepelern, Peter
Source: Journal of Scandinavian Cinema, Volume 1, Number 1, 15 October 2010 , pp. 87-103(17)
Abstract:Finnish Aki Kaurismäki and Danish Lars von Trier are the two outstanding and internationally renowned auteurs in contemporary Scandinavian cinema, though both have enjoyed only moderate success at the box office in their home country. The article compares the two directors, characterizing their construction of a distinct universe, their attitude to nationality and internationalism, their political attitudes and use of religion or nostalgia as themes, their use of allegory and melodrama, as well as their attitude to low-budget production as a creative inspiration, all seen against the background of Nordic cinema traditions concerning sexuality, Heimat and the wisdom of society's marginalized figures.
Document Type: Research article
Publication date: 2010-10-15
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