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Small Nation, Global Cinema
engages the effects of globalization from the perspective of small nations. Focusing her study on the specific cultural context of the international film market, Mette Hjort argues that the New Danish Cinema presents an opportunity to understand the effects of globalization within the culture and economy of a privileged small nation.
Hjort offers two key strategies underwriting the transformation and globalization of contemporary Danish cinema—the processes of cultural circulation and the psychological efficacy of heritage. Exploring the Dogma 95 movement initiated by Lars von Trier and Thomas Vinterberg as well as films by Erik Clausen, Gabriel Axel, Henning Carlsen, and Ole Bornedal, among others, Hjort examines means for cinematic globalization specific to Denmark, but then evolves her investigation into a truly comparative framework encompassing references to Hong Kong, Latin America, and Hollywood filmmaking. Providing a fresh way of looking at cultural influence in the era of globalization, Hjorts concept of “small” nation points as much to the dynamics of recognition, indifference, and participation as it does to more common measures of population size, economic strength, or linguistic reach.
Mette Hjort is professor of intercultural studies at Aalborg University.
Investigates the relationship between globalization and the New Danish Cinema.
About the Author
Mette Hjort is professor of visual studies at Lingnan University in Hong Kong and affiliate professor of Scandinavian Studies at the University of Washington, Seattle.
Table of Contents
Contents PrefaceAcknowledgments 1. New Danish Cinema: A Small Nation's Path to Globalization 2. Dogma 95: The Globalization of Denmark's Response to Hollywood 3. Participatory Filmmaking: Experiments across the Filmmaker/Viewer Divide 4. Patriotism and Nationalism: A Common Culture in Film 5. Counterglobalization: A Transnational Communicative Space Emerges in the North 6. International Heritage: Toward an Ethics of the Bio-Pic 7. Toward a Multiethnic Society: Cinema as a Mode of Incorporation Appendix: Dogma 95 Manifesto and Dogma Films NotesWorks CitedIndex