Imagining Denmark. Danmarksfilm as documentary portraits of a nation

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Documentary fi lms have explored wide-ranging aspects of Danish society, culture
and everyday life since the beginning of the twentieth century. Documentaries
are not just factual presentations of reality; they are also creative ways of
shaping how we imagine who we are and the world we inhabit. In this chapter,
I deal with how Denmark as a nation and society has been imagined and portrayed in the genre of Danmarksfi lm (Denmark-films), fi lms that try to capture the nation as a whole. In a way, all documentary fi lms about Denmark contribute to how Danes imagine their nation. Documentary fi lms deal with many aspects of Danish society and culture, and those fragments of an imagined Denmark contribute to our portrait of a nation. However, Denmark-fi lms have the more ambitious goal of interpreting Denmark and the Danes. They are refl ections on who we are – on our society, culture and way of living. Starting with
the fi rst Denmark-fi lm in 1926, such fi lms have often been commissioned and
made for Danes themselves, but also for an international audience as an introduction or welcome to Denmark for tourists and business partners (Thomson 2018a and 2018b). The historical development of this particular genre shows an increasing focus on the global – the global infl uence on Denmark and the nation’s place in the world.
TitelA History of Danish Cinema
RedaktørerClaire Thomson, Isak Thorsen, Pei-Sze Chow
ForlagEdinburgh University Press
Publikationsdato20 okt. 2021
ISBN (Trykt)9781474461122
ISBN (Elektronisk)9781474461153
StatusUdgivet - 20 okt. 2021

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