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Dealing with crime: cyclic changes in Norwegian crime films

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The 1980s not only saw an increase in the number of crime films in Norway, the criminal investigator also made his comeback after being more or less absent throughout the post-war period. Just as with the dominant trend internationally, the criminal investigator was an outsider, a man of yesteryear that the changing times had left behind. As society was in transition, with the destabilization of family structure, an increase in immigration from the south and the rise of the yuppie culture and its aftermath, criminal cases also changed. In short, the criminal investigator seemed unfit to meet the demands of a new age. Twenty years later, the criminal investigator appears to be more at ease with himself, although he is still very much an outsider, and the crimes investigated have well-known causes. As a result, Norwegian crime films no longer seem to impart any implicit politically charged critique.
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Keywords: Norwegian neo-noir; criminal investigator; cyclic changes 1985–2010

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Lillehammer University College

Publication date: 2011-06-17

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