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Kosmorama
Production design and the creation of story worlds – Introduction

Production design and the creation of story worlds – Introduction

This issue of Kosmorama focuses on production design. A film without design would be a film with no images. Every work of visual fiction relies on the representation of design artifacts; costumes...
PD4C21 - Production Design for the 21st Century

PD4C21 - Production Design for the 21st Century

This provocation challenges the idea of a single author and linear narrative as industrial-age constructs that have not evolved for the twenty-first century. It introduces world building not only a...
Spies at Home – How the design of the domestic interior in "Tinker Tailor Soldier, Spy" conveys character and narrative

Spies at Home – How the design of the domestic interior in "Tinker Tailor Soldier, Spy" conveys character and narrative

This article analyses the ways in which the design of a character’s home environment is able to convey personality and narrative via the production designer’s tools of space, in and out, light, col...
Art Nouveau, Production Design, and the Contemporary Horror Film

Art Nouveau, Production Design, and the Contemporary Horror Film

This article explores the relationship between the contemporary horror film and Art Nouveau design, mise-en-scène, and thematic. In the era of Art Nouveau’s ascendancy, around the turn of the 20th...
Analysing production design: Positions and approaches

Analysing production design: Positions and approaches

This article discusses the challenges of understanding production design and reviews dominant approaches to production design analysis.
Valdemar Psilander – a World Star in Danish Film

Valdemar Psilander – a World Star in Danish Film

Around the world, thousands of women’s hearts throbbed when Valdemar Psilander lit up the darkness of the silent cinema house. He spent six years at the top of the charts before it all ended sudden...
Garrison, Star of the Russian Screen

Garrison, Star of the Russian Screen

In Russia, Valdemar Psilander rose to stardom under the name of Garrison. This article details Nordisk Film and Psilander’s rise and fall in Russia prior to and during the First World War and the R...
“Young Apollo, Friend of an Old Damsel”: Psilander and Finnish film culture

“Young Apollo, Friend of an Old Damsel”: Psilander and Finnish film culture

How was film star adoration understood and how was film publicity constructed in Finland in the 1910s? This article examines how Psilander’s popularity in Finland became visible and what this pheno...
"The Arbiter of Elegance": Psilander’s Stardom and Elite-Oriented Film Culture in Rio de Janeiro

"The Arbiter of Elegance": Psilander’s Stardom and Elite-Oriented Film Culture in Rio de Janeiro

This article examines how Valdemar Psilander’s stardom in Brazil built on the risqué reputation of Nordisk’s erotic melodramas and tapped into persistent links between moviegoing and elite diversio...
Screenwriting for a Star: The Scripts for Valdemar Psilander’s Films

Screenwriting for a Star: The Scripts for Valdemar Psilander’s Films

A star surely needs suitable scripts, but the question of how scripts contributed to creating a star and a star image is seldom raised. This article examines Psilander’s screenwriters and discusses...
Psilander, Dreyer, and Lydia – A Documentary Study of a Lost Film

Psilander, Dreyer, and Lydia – A Documentary Study of a Lost Film

Of all the many films that Valdemar Psilander made, Carl Th. Dreyer made a credited contribution only to one: Lydia, a film directed by Holger-Madsen and released in 1918, for which he wrote the sc...
History unmade: Dreyer’s unrealised Mary, Queen of Scots

History unmade: Dreyer’s unrealised Mary, Queen of Scots

One of Dreyer’s great unrealised films was an account of the life and loves of Maria Stuart, or Mary, Queen of Scots. Dreyer’s archive contains extensive research materials and notes towards this f...
The National Pomander: Sørensen og Rasmussen (1940)

The National Pomander: Sørensen og Rasmussen (1940)

Sørensen og Rasmussen (1940), directed by Emanuel Gregers for the production company Nordisk Film, is a recognized minor classic of Danish film comedy. It is not only witty and well-acted, it ingen...
When fiction points the finger – metafiction in films and TV series

When fiction points the finger – metafiction in films and TV series

Self-reflexive concepts are common in newer films and TV series, which invite the audience to examine their texture or criticise our media-voyeuristic demands. With examples from House of Cards, Fu...
Strategies in Danish Film Culture – and the Case of Susanne Bier

Strategies in Danish Film Culture – and the Case of Susanne Bier

Dialogues between national and transnational film cultures take place incessantly. The question is: which kinds of dialogue? The principal lines in the history of encounters and exchanges between D...
Forget about Love: Sex and Detachment in Lars von Trier’s 'Nymphomaniac'

Forget about Love: Sex and Detachment in Lars von Trier’s 'Nymphomaniac'

In Lars von Trier’s cinematic universe, sexuality only rarely appears as a shared passion between partners who embrace feelings of intimacy and bonding. Trier’s characters wear emotional detachment...
'Kunst og Kino': The Art of Early Danish Drama

'Kunst og Kino': The Art of Early Danish Drama

This paper aims to contribute to the ongoing historiographical inquiry into, and reevaluation of, the European silent film, by questioning specifically what the “artistic” nature of Denmark’s fines...
The Moving Image: Body Language and Media Context

The Moving Image: Body Language and Media Context

Every day we are presented with bodily expressions in audiovisual media – by anchors, journalists and characters in films for instance. This article explores how body language in the moving image h...
Movie Stars in the Flesh: The Live Red Carpet Oscars Event

Movie Stars in the Flesh: The Live Red Carpet Oscars Event

In this article the live red carpet event at the Academy Awards is regarded as a specific media genre which has become a matrix of recognition and success in contemporary film and media culture. Th...
Expressing Suppression: Body Language, Information Distribution and the Frustrated Quest for Fictional Truth in Haneke’s Caché

Expressing Suppression: Body Language, Information Distribution and the Frustrated Quest for Fictional Truth in Haneke’s Caché

In Michael Haneke’s Caché body language emerges as the only criterion of fictional truth. The main character, Georges, is again and again subjected to scrutinizing gazes as he tries to find out who...
Figures in Landscapes: Cognitive Theater Theory and Expressive Bodies in 1920s Scandinavian Film

Figures in Landscapes: Cognitive Theater Theory and Expressive Bodies in 1920s Scandinavian Film

This article examines the relationship between the actor and the environment, particularly in 1920s Scandinavian films, with Mauritz Stiller's Johan as the main example. This relationship has been...
Making Love Detumescently: Some Preliminary Notes on the Body Language of the Penis

Making Love Detumescently: Some Preliminary Notes on the Body Language of the Penis

Although body language in the moving image may to a large extent be transparent, some aspects of body language are regulated by generic conventions, rating systems, and, historically, by the la...
Beauty in Bacon: "The Pattern of Co-operation" and the export of postwar Danish democracy

Beauty in Bacon: "The Pattern of Co-operation" and the export of postwar Danish democracy

The co-operative movement shaped daily life in mid-20th-century Denmark and attracted much international attention. Agricultural co-operation was therefore an obvious topic for a short film which w...
Gentlemen of the Press

Gentlemen of the Press

Since the beginnings of cinema journalists have been amongst the professionals most frequently portrayed on the big screen. This article analyzes the image of journalists and media workers in Billy...
After The Celebration: The Effect of Dogme on Danish Cinema

After The Celebration: The Effect of Dogme on Danish Cinema

Lars von Trier’s invention Dogme 95 has been celebrated by some as one of the most important events in European film history and dismissed by others as a publicity stunt. This article recounts the...
The Marshall Films and the Red Short Film Gang

The Marshall Films and the Red Short Film Gang

The story of the Marshall films in Denmark has been an overlooked chapter in Danish film history. In 1949, as Germany was being divided into two blocs and the now mighty People’s Republic of China...
Like a gap. Media in "Paris, Texas"

Like a gap. Media in "Paris, Texas"

The status of Wim Wenders' Paris, Texas as a film classic is built on its sensitive rendition of American landscapes – including the interior landscapes of people who are unable to live with each o...
Pissing into the Well: Dreyer, Film Propaganda and Cognitive Theory

Pissing into the Well: Dreyer, Film Propaganda and Cognitive Theory

In 1946, Carl Th. Dreyer's short film Vandet paa Landet ("The Water in the Country") was shelved because it was feared that it might harm Danish agriculture's image abroad. The film was intended to...
The White Slave Trade Gets Religion in "A Victim of the Mormons"

The White Slave Trade Gets Religion in "A Victim of the Mormons"

In 1911 the film A Victim of the Mormons about a relatively obscure American religious community was produced by Nordisk Film. The commercial success of this film in Britain and the U.S. inspired a...
Lamps, Light and Enlightenment: Poul Henningsen’s Denmark and Ole Roos’ PH Light

Lamps, Light and Enlightenment: Poul Henningsen’s Denmark and Ole Roos’ PH Light

This article situates PH Light in the context of Henningsen’s film-related criticism and practice, and concludes by offering a reading of the film as a text which employs light effects to activate...
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