World Film Locations: Helsinki

Edited by Pietari Kääpä and Silja Laine

World Film Locations: Helsinki
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Edited by Pietari Kääpä and Silja Laine

Distributed for Intellect Ltd

111 pages | 50 color plates | 6 x 9 | © 2013
Paper $22.00 ISBN: 9781841507224 Published February 2013
Part of Intellect’s World Film Locations series, World Film Locations: Helsinki explores the relationship between the city, cinema, and Finnish cultural history. Cinematic representations of Helsinki range from depictions of a northern periphery to a space of cosmopolitanism, from a touristic destination to a substitute for Moscow and St. Petersburg during the Cold War. The city also looks different depending on one’s perspective, and World Film Locations: Helsinki illustrates this complexity by providing a visual collection of cinematic views of Helsinki.
This cinematic city is a collective work where individual pieces construct a whole, and one which we, as viewers, then shape according to our perspectives. The contributors emphasize the role of the city in identity and cultural politics throughout Finnish film history and its central role as the locus for negotiating Finland’s globalization.


Helsinki: City of Imagination
      Pietari Kääpä
Reality Bites: Documenting Helsinki’s Changing Landscapes
      Pietari Kääpä
Map of Scenes 1–7: 1927–1952
Designer City: Architects in Helsinki Films
      Silja Laine
Map of Scenes 8–14: 1952–1962
Creative Geography: Helsinki as Body Double (Part 1)
      Susanna Paasonen
Map of Scenes 15–20: 1965–1978
The Same But Different: Helsinki as Body Double (Part 2)
      Susanna Paasonen
Map of Scenes 21–26: 1979–1988
From Hämeentie: The Local Logic of Aki Kaurismäki’s Helsinki
      Sanna Peden
Map of Scenes 27–32: 1997–2005
Comic Spaces: Helsinki’s Social Districts in Film Comedies
      Kimmo Laine
Map of Scenes 33–38: 2005–2011

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