The Life and Afterlife of Swedish Biograph (inbunden)
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The Life and Afterlife of Swedish Biograph

From Commercial Circulation to Archival Practices

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Swedens early film industry was dominated by Swedish Biograph (Svenska Biografteatern), home to star directors like Victor Sjstrm and Mauritz Stiller. It is nostalgically remembered as the generative site of a nascent national artform, encapsulating a quintessentially Nordic aestheticthe epicenter of Swedens cinematic Golden Age. In The Life and Afterlife of Swedish Biograph, veteran film scholar Jan Olsson takes a hard look at this established, romanticized narrative and offers a far more complete, complex, and nuanced story. Nearly all of the studios original negatives were destroyed in an explosion in 1941, but Olssons comprehensive archival research shows how the company operated in a commercial, international arena, and how it was influenced not just by Nordic aesthetics or individual genius but also by foreign audiences expectations, technological demands, Hollywood innovations, and the gritty back-and-forth between economic pressures, government interference, and artistic desires. Olssons focus is wide, encompassing the studios production practices, business affairs, and cinematographic conventions, as well as the latter-day archival efforts that both preserved and obscured parts of Swedish Biographs story, helping construct the companys rosy legacy. The result is a necessary rewrite to Swedish film historiography and a far fuller picture of a canonical film studio.
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List of Illustrations Acknowledgments Concepts and Considerations: An Introduction 1 Business and Economics 2 Starting Up the Liding Studio 3 Novel Production Practices: 1913 4 Productions and Alliances: 19141916 5 Conceptual Indicators of Changes in Film Style 6 From Nonsense to Film Art: Historiographic Negotiations 7 Critical Recognition and Commercial Misgivings: Responses from Key Markets 8 Crossroads: From Liding to Berlin via Dalecarlia and London 9 Archival Practices: From the Swedish Film Society and First-Generation Scholarship to the Swedish Film Institute Conclusion Appendix 1. Intertitles and Other Indications of Temporal Shifts Between Reels in Films from 1912 to 1916 Appendix 2. Svensk Filmindustris Educational Department Catalogs Appendix 3. Directors at the SB Studio (Apart from Sjstrm and Stiller) Notes Selected Bibliography Index