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

National, transnational, or supranational cinema? Rethinking European film studies
National, transnational, or supranational cinema? Rethinking European film studies
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.
comprehension of foreign films, debates in european film history, history of translation practices, international film business and co-productions, migration and diaspora in cinema
0163-4437
315-331
Bergfelder, Tim
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Bergfelder, Tim
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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.

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Published date: 2005
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

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Local EPrints ID: 37928
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/37928
ISSN: 0163-4437
PURE UUID: 14a4c93a-103a-40f1-a740-c402246785d6
ORCID for Tim Bergfelder: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0001-6585-6123

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Date deposited: 26 May 2006
Last modified: 10 Dec 2019 01:54

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