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Asta's ink: The Stockholm letters

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This article offers a condensed account of Asta Nielsen's interaction with the Swedish National Censorship Board in 1911 after the banning of her film In dem gro├čen Augenblick/The Great Moment for screening in Sweden. Her strategy, publishing open letters and inviting representatives from the press to non-public screenings, set the standard for other film companies dissatisfied with the slew of bans issued by the Board. A Nielsen letter to young movie fans, published in facsimile in a Swedish fan magazine in 1920, is translated to illustrate a different type of press interaction a decade later.

Keywords: Asta Nielsen; censorship; film stars; journalism

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: Stockholm University

Publication date: January 31, 2012

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