Masculinity in the Golden Age of Swedish Cinema: A Cultural by Tommy Gustafsson

By Tommy Gustafsson

Swedish society underwent nice adjustments throughout the first a long time of the 1900s and the recent intake and leisure tradition got here below fireplace. kids and youth--but additionally ladies and the operating classes--become symbols of the forces breaking down conventional buildings and values. those teams have been additionally pointed out because the crucial viewers for the recent movie medium. for this reason, throughout the silent period, movie tradition interacted with society at huge, filling the reveal with contradictory pictures of diverging masculinities and gender/ethnic relatives. in reality, movie tradition turned some of the most vital arenas the place new gender family members can be articulated. This ebook covers Swedish movie tradition through the Twenties. it's the first in-depth exploration of Swedish silent movie tradition that is going past the small variety of canonized movies of the "Swedish Golden Age" which were mentioned as "art" for almost a hundred years. The research relies on broad study and takes all Swedish function motion pictures produced within the Twenties under consideration, including a great number of resource fabrics that come with fan and exchange magazines, manuscripts, censorship documents, govt studies and a few 900 movie experiences.

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By Tommy Gustafsson

Swedish society underwent nice adjustments throughout the first a long time of the 1900s and the recent intake and leisure tradition got here below fireplace. kids and youth--but additionally ladies and the operating classes--become symbols of the forces breaking down conventional buildings and values. those teams have been additionally pointed out because the crucial viewers for the recent movie medium. for this reason, throughout the silent period, movie tradition interacted with society at huge, filling the reveal with contradictory pictures of diverging masculinities and gender/ethnic relatives. in reality, movie tradition turned some of the most vital arenas the place new gender family members can be articulated. This ebook covers Swedish movie tradition through the Twenties. it's the first in-depth exploration of Swedish silent movie tradition that is going past the small variety of canonized movies of the "Swedish Golden Age" which were mentioned as "art" for almost a hundred years. The research relies on broad study and takes all Swedish function motion pictures produced within the Twenties under consideration, including a great number of resource fabrics that come with fan and exchange magazines, manuscripts, censorship documents, govt studies and a few 900 movie experiences.

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Having taken his revenge, and having proved his physical masculinity, Michel receives his reward in the form of the princess, whom he has not yet approached. Thus, 46 Masculinity in the Golden Age of Swedish Cinema his controlled masculinity is established before we see the obligatory, chaste final kiss. ” Thus, it was a fine example of a male nostalgia trip in which adventure and guileless chivalry could be given full expression in the absence of real-life pressures. But this is not to say that the Fairbanks ideal, even when fictitiously moved to the past, did not have a great impact on the thinking about boys’ masculinity during the 1920s.

The good features consisted of nature scenes and films about industry, sports and military films—“these features are particularly suitable for boys”—as well as films presenting news. ” The latter features were in the clear majority according to the “eighty or so cinema programs” Gagner quoted frequently to support her attack. On the other hand, she had some difficulty explaining the popularity of these films. When Gagner asked a little girl why she wanted to see such ghastliness, the girl replied: “Well, Miss, it’s worse at first, when you get there.

74 The notion thus implies that men cannot be interested in fashion, clothes or the body, and that men passed unaffected through the period that, in Søland’s view, was so revolutionary for young women. Plainly stated: This notion is false. 75 Young men (and men in general) were influenced to the same extent as young modern women were when Sweden transitioned from a production-based to a consumer-oriented society. This does not mean that men and women were af fected in exactly the same way. But there is no question that a change took place.

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