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The Politics of Nordsploitation

Author : Pietari Kääpä
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The Politics of Nordsploitation takes a transnational approach to exploring Nordic 'exploitation' films in their industrial contexts, exploring them as not only political manifestations of domestic considerations but also to position Nordic film cultures in a global context. Incorporating a wide range of films, from international cult classics like They Call Her One Eye (1974), homegrown martial arts films like The Ninja Mission (1984) to contemporary crowd-sourced fan productions like Iron Sky (2012), this volume examines the remarkable diversity of genre-based, commercially and culturally exploitative film production throughout the Nordic countries – emphasized here through the term 'Nordsploitation'. This volume provides a historical exposition of largely ignored marginal films and film cultural patterns. It also outlines how influential these films have been in shaping the development of Nordic cinema. The effects are visible in the films of the new millennium as previously marginalized practices now enter the mainstream. With sharp insights and new research, The Politics of Nordsploitation redefines the concept of 'exploitation' and its role in small nation cinemas.

The Politics of Nordsploitation

Author : Pietari Kääpä
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The Politics of Nordsploitation takes a transnational approach to exploring Nordic 'exploitation' films in their industrial contexts, exploring them as not only political manifestations of domestic considerations but also to position Nordic film cultures in a global context. Incorporating a wide range of films, from international cult classics like They Call Her One Eye (1974), homegrown martial arts films like The Ninja Mission (1984) to contemporary crowd-sourced fan productions like Iron Sky (2012), this volume examines the remarkable diversity of genre-based, commercially and culturally exploitative film production throughout the Nordic countries – emphasized here through the term 'Nordsploitation'. This volume provides a historical exposition of largely ignored marginal films and film cultural patterns. It also outlines how influential these films have been in shaping the development of Nordic cinema. The effects are visible in the films of the new millennium as previously marginalized practices now enter the mainstream. With sharp insights and new research, The Politics of Nordsploitation redefines the concept of 'exploitation' and its role in small nation cinemas.

The Politics of Nordsploitation

Author : Pietari Kääpä
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1. Introduction: A historiography of Nordic exploitation -- 2. Art as exploitation and the emergence of Nordic exploitation in the 1970s and early 1980s -- 3. The building of moral panic in the Nordic countries -- 4. The entertainment violence factory: mats Helge Olsson's action films of the 80s -- 5. When the raven flies: the ultra-violent Viking trilogy from Iceland -- 6. The seedy work of Visa Mk̃inen -- 7. Banned and cut: Nordic VHS censorship in the 80s and 90s -- 8. Fan cultures and future professionals -- 9. Conclusion: contemporary movements in the 2000s.

The Cinema of Mika Kaurism ki

Author : Pietari Kääpä
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Mika Kaurismäki’s films challenge many boundaries – national societies, genre formations, art/popular culture, fiction/documentary, humanity/nature, and problematic distinctions between different zones of development. Synthesizing concepts from a range of thematic frameworks – e.g. auteurism, eco-philosophy, genre, cartography, cineaste networks, global reception, distribution and exhibition practices, and the potential of postnationalism – this book provides an interdisciplinary reading of Kaurismäki’s cinema. The notion of ‘transvergence’ – of thinking in heterogeneous and polyphonal terms – emerges as an analytical method for exploring the power of these films. Through this, the volume encourages rethinking transnational cinema studies in relation to many oft-debated notions such as Finnish culture, European identity, cosmopolitanism and globalization.

Transnational Ecocinema

Author : Pietari Kääpä
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Until recently, discussion of Hollywood film has dominated much of the contemporary dialogue on ecocriticism and the cinema. Transnational Ecocinema, open up the critical debate to look at a larger variety of films from many different countries and cultures. By foregrounding these films with their economic and political contexts, the contributors offer a more comprehensive and nuanced look at the role of place in ecocinema. The essays also interrogate proposed global solutions to environmental issues by presenting an ecocritical perspective on different film and cultural considerations from around the globe.

Directory of World Cinema Finland

Author : Pietari Kääpä
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An important addition to Intellect's popular series, Directory of World Cinema: Finland provides historical and cultural overviews of the country's cinema. Over the course of their contributions to this volume, scholars from a variety of disciplines construct a collective argument that complicates the dominant international view of Finnish cinema as a small-scale industry dominated by realist art-house films.The contributors approach the topic from a variety of angles, covering genre, art, and commercial films; independent productions; blockbuster cinema; and Finnish cinema's industrial and historical contexts. By paying heed to Finland's cultural industries within the broader context of international political, economic, artistic, and industrial developments, they skillfully depict an ever-changing national film culture that plays a dynamic role in the global cinematic landscape. The Directory of World Cinema: Finland will therefore expand not only global interest in Finnish cinema but also the parameters within which it is discussed.

European Cinema in the Twenty First Century

Author : Ingrid Lewis
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This book rethinks the study of European Cinema in a way that centres on students and their needs, in a comprehensive volume introducing undergraduates to the main discourses, directions and genres of twenty-first-century European film. Importantly, this collection is the first of its kind to apply a transversal approach to European Cinema, bringing together the East and the West, while providing a broad picture of key trends, aesthetics, genres, national identities, and transnational concerns. Lewis and Canning’s collection effectively addresses some of the most pressing questions in contemporary European film, such as ecology, migration, industry, identity, disability, memory, auteurship, genre, small cinemas, and the national and international frameworks which underpin them. Combining accessible original research with a thorough grounding in recent histories and contexts, each chapter includes key definitions, reflective group questions, and a summative case study. Overall, this book makes a strong contribution to our understanding of recent European Cinema, making it an invaluable resource for lecturers and students across a variety of film-centred modules.

The Mad Max Effect

Author : James Newton
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The Mad Max Effect provides an in-depth analysis of the Mad Max series, and how it began as an inventive concoction of a number of influences from a range of exploitation genres (including the biker movie, the revenge film, and the car chase cinema of the 1970s), to eventually inspiring a fresh cycle of international low budget 'road warrior' movies that appeared on home video in the 1980s. The Mad Max Effect is the first detailed academic study of the most famous and celebrated post-apocalypse film series, and examines how a humble Australian action movie came from the cultural margins of exploitation cinema to have a profound impact on the broader media landscape.

Let s Go Stag

Author : Dan Erdman
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For much of the 20th century, the underground pornography industry - made up of amateurs and hobbyists who created hardcore, explicit "stag films" - went about its business hounded by reformers and law enforcement, from local police departments all the way up to the FBI. Rumors of this illicit activity circulated and became the stuff of urban myth, but this period of pornography history remains murky. Let's Go Stag! reveals the secrets of this underground world. Using the archives of civic groups, law enforcement, bygone government studies and similarly neglected evidence, archivist Dan Erdman reconstructs the means by which stag films were produced, distributed and exhibited, as well as demonstrate the way in which these practices changed with the times, eventually paving the way for the pornographic explosion of the 1970s and beyond. Let's Go Stag! is sure to point the way for countless future researchers and remain the standard work of history for this era of adult film for a long time to come.

World Film Locations Helsinki

Author : Silja Laine
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The creation of World Film Locations Helsinki draws inspiration from the pathbreaking efforts of Peter von Bagh, Minna Santakari and Outi Heiskanen whose work with the cinematic city has et the bar high for future explorations. In providing a visual and textual guide for international readers, the editors at Intellect have provided constant support for the project. Especially of note are the efforts of Gabriel Solomons, the editor heading the World Film Locations lineup. In constructing a book on a topic simultaneously as marginal and central to film studies as the history of Helsinki, all the contributors have provided intriguing and invigorating perspectives to the city that continue the existing legacy and expand it in significant ways.

Der Tod bucht Zimmer 502

Author : Ronald Ryley
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Nach einem mysteriösen Todesfall kochen alte Spukgeschichten über das Zimmer 502 im Londoner Luxushotel Savoy wieder hoch. Während Detective Inspector Teddy Chan alles als Unfall abtut, stößt Alison auf zahlreiche Ungereimtheiten. Um eine Katastrophe zu verhindern, versucht sie zu beweisen, dass ein gefährlicher Mörder sein Unwesen treibt – und beschwört dabei Geister herauf, die sie bald nicht mehr loswird.