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Martin Kevorkian, Chair CAL 226, Mailcode B5000, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-4991

Fall 2006

E 322 • Nordic Light: Scandinavian Cinema from the Silent Era to the 1990s

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
35180 TTh
9:30 AM-11:00 AM
PAR 304

Course Description

Ingmar Bergman is perhaps the best-known Scandinavian filmmaker, but Northern Europe has a remarkable tradition of filmmakers and filmmaking. Focusing on films from Sweden and Denmark, this course will provide an introduction to some of the masterpieces of Scandinavian film from the Golden Age of silent film through the 1990s, including works by Victor Sjostrom, Mauritz Stiller, Carl Theodor Dreyer, Dogme filmmakers Lars von Trier and Thomas Vinterberg, Lone Scherfig, Lucas Moodysson, and Susanne Bier.

Grading Policy

One two-page paper 5%
Three five-page papers, two of which may be rewritten 60%
Biweekly quizzes (you may drop the lowest grade) 20%
Class participation 15%


Tytti Soila et al., Nordic National Cinemas
Bordwell and Thompson, Film Art: An Introduction, 5th edition
Braudy and Cohen, Film Theory and Criticism, 5th edition (FTC on syllabus)
Hairston et al., The Scott, Foresman Handbook
Films: The Abyss, The Phantom Chariot, He Who Gets Slapped, Thomas Graal's Best Child, Sir Arne's Treasure, Day of Wrath, Ordet/The Word, Wild Strawberries, Fanny and Alexander, Zentropa, Dogville, The Celebration, Italian for Beginniers, The One and Only, Brothers, Show Me Love, Together


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