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The Cinema of Aki Kaurismaki: Contrarian Stories

The Cinema of Aki Kaurismaki: Contrarian Stories (Paperback)

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Aki Kaurismaki is an enigma, an eminent auteur who claims his films are a joke. Since 1983, Kaurismaki has produced classically-styled films filled with cinephilic references to film history. He has earned an international art-house audience and many prizes, influencing such directors as Jim Jarmusch, Quentin Tarantino, and Wes Anderson. Yet Kaurismaki is often depicted as the loneliest, most nostalgic of Finns (except when he promotes his films, makes political statements, and runs his many businesses). He is also depicted as a bohemian known for outlandish actions and statements. The Cinema of Aki Kaurismaki is the first comprehensive English-language study of this eccentric director. Drawing on revisionist approaches to film authorship, the text links the filmmaker and his films to the stories and issues animating film aesthetics and history, nostalgia, late modernity, politics, commerce, film festivals, and national cinema.

Film, TV & DramaFilms, cinemaIndividual film directors, film-makers Publisher: Columbia University Press Publication Date: 25/06/2013 ISBN-13: 9780231165594  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Andrew Nestingen is associate professor of Scandinavian studies at the University of Washington, where he teaches Finnish studies, film, literature, and cultural theory. His books include Crime and Fantasy in Scandinavia, Transnational Cinema in a Global North (coedited with Trevor G. Elkington), and Scandinavian Crime Fiction (coedited with Paula Arvas).

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