Palladium, portrait docs and digitalization

06 december 2017 / Kosmorama

06.12.2017. In late summer 2017, one of Denmark’s oldest film companies, Palladium, closed and the backlist was acquired by the Danish Film Institute – both the rights and the actual film collection. This issue of Kosmorama marks this event in a survey-article on the nearly 100-year long history of Palladium. This first article is published in Danish only. Next, we turn to how celebrity theory may inform portrait documentaries on famous persons, and finally we take a bearing on how Carl Th. Dreyer’s Michael (1924) may have been revived by its release on DVD, but that in some versions the digital resuscitation comes at a high price.

A section of the poster from Svend (Anne Regitze Wivel, DK, 2011). Photo: Preben Kirkholt.

KOSMORAMA #270: Three new articles about Palladium (in Danish only), portrait documentaries and digital resuscitation.


Historien om Palladium

Jannie Dahl Astrup

This Danish language article by Jannie Dahl Astrup offers an overview of the history of the Danish film company, Palladium, which throughout nearly one hundred years produced a wide variety of films, ranging from the masterpieces of Carl Th. Dreyer to an extended series of 1970s soft porn films.



Beyond Fame and Fortune: Analysing Three Complex Documentary Portraits

Helle Kannik Haastrup

How may celebrity theory illuminate the analysis of celebrity portrait documentaries? Helle Kannik Haastrup takes three Danish documentaries Svend (2011), Gambler (2006) og Tintin et moi (2003) as a case for her discussion in this article.



Carl Th. Dreyer’s Michael: Digitalization and the Rediscovery of a Classic Kammerspiel-Film

Stephen Larson

Digital release of forgotten films may revive important works, but in some instances respect for the original work does not follow. In his article, Stephen Larson traces the critical reception of Dreyer’s Michael and criticizes the U.S. DVD version of Dreyer’s Kammerspiel.


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