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Author Thomson, C. Claire., author

Title Short films from a small nation : Danish informational cinema 1935-1965 / C. Claire Thomson
Published Edinburgh : Edinburgh University Press, [2018]
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Description 1 online resource (xi, 223 pages) : illustrations
Series Traditions in world cinema
Traditions in world cinema
Contents Cover; Half Title; Title Page; Copyright; Contents; List of Figures; Acknowledgements; Traditions in World Cinema; Introduction; 1. Enlightenment and Utility: Informational Film as Useful Cinema; 2. We are a Little Land: Informational Film and Small-nation Cinema; 3. Mapping Messiness: The Informational Film Archive and Actor-Network Theory; 4. The Film World's Cooperative Store: Institutions and Films of the 1930s and 1940s; 5. A Film-progressive Nation: The Social Denmark Series and the British Documentary Movement
6. Somethin' about Scandinavia: Danish Shorts on the Post-war International Scene7. Citizens of the Future: Informational Film and the Welfare State; 8. A Free Hand: The Art Film versus the Art of Documentary; 9. Symphony of a Short Film: A City Called Copenhagen; Conclusion; References; Index
Summary "For three decades, state-sponsored short filmmaking educated Danish citizens, promoted Denmark to the world, and shaped the careers of renowned directors like Carl Th. Dreyer. The first book-length study in English of a national corpus of state-sponsored informational film, this book traces how Danish shorts on topics including social welfare, industry, art and architecture were commissioned, funded, produced and reviewed from the inter-war period to the 1960s. Examining the life cycle of a representative selection of films, and discussing their preservation and mediation in the digital age, this book presents a detailed case study of how informational cinema is shaped by, and indeed shapes, its cultural, political and technological contexts."--Back cover
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Online resource; title from PDF title page (EBSCO, viewed May 29, 2018)
Subject Instructional films -- Denmark
Short films -- Denmark
Instructional films.
LAW / Jurisprudence
Short films.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1474424147