National, transnational, or supranational cinema? Rethinking European film studies

Bergfelder, Tim (2005) National, transnational, or supranational cinema? Rethinking European film studies. Media, Culture and Society, 27, (3), 315-331. (doi:10.1177/0163443705051746).


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This article discusses critical parameters and historical perceptions that have dominated the academic study of European cinema since the 1990s. The main argument is that what has been frequently ignored is the supranational dimension of the term ‘European’. Thus, while the field of European film studies has witnessed a number of significant shifts in emphasis (most pertinently the refocusing from art cinema towards popular film genres), the core debate still primarily centres on national cinemas. The article then suggests engaging in areas that exemplify interconnectedness between national cinemas. These include patterns of inter-European migration and issues of multiculturalism; industrial practices such as co-productions; as well as localized strategies of receiving foreign films through mechanisms of translation and adaptation.

Item Type: Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1177/0163443705051746
ISSNs: 0163-4437 (print)
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Keywords: comprehension of foreign films, debates in european film history, history of translation practices, international film business and co-productions, migration and diaspora in cinema
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN1993 Motion Pictures
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Humanities > Film Studies
ePrint ID: 37928
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Date Deposited: 26 May 2006
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 12:07

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