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Frontiers of Screen History

Imagining European Borders in Cinema, 1945-2010

Frontiers of Screen History provides an insightful exploration into the depiction and imagination of European borders in cinema after World War II. While films have explored national and political borders, they have also attempted to identify, challenge, and imagine frontiers of another kind: social, ethnic, religious, and gendered. The book investigates all these perspectives. Its unique focus on the representation of European borders and frontiers via film is groundbreaking, opening up a new field of research and scholarly discussion. The exceptional variety of national and cultural perspectives provides a rewarding investigation of borders and frontiers.

272 pages | 70 halftones | 7 x 9 | © 2013

Film Studies

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“Vigorously written, each chapter is a piece in a kaleidoscope showing that what informs cinema and national conflict in one area can be refracted through others.”

Tom Conley, Harvard University

Table of Contents

Tom Conley
Introduction: Encounters with Borders
Kimmo Ahonen, Raita Merivirta, Heta Mulari and Rami Mähkä
Worlds Divided by the Iron Curtain
1 Imagining West Berlin: Spatiality and History in Wim Wenders’ Wings of Desire, 1987
Hannu Salmi
2 ‘What’s Wrong with a Cowboy in Hamburg?’: New German Cinema and the German-American Cultural Frontier
Jacqui Miller
3 The Collapse of Ideaologies in Peter Kahane’s The Architects
Marco Bohr
4 How to Win the Cold War: Borders of the Free World in Guilty of Treason (1950) and Red Planet Mars (1952)
Kimmo Ahonen
Alternative Cultural Locations
5 Crossing Over: On Becoming European in Aki Kaurismäki’s Cinema
Sanna Peden
6 Looking for Alternative London: The London Nobody Knows and the Pop-Geographical Borders of the City
Kari Kallioniemi
7 The Cité’s Architectural, Linguistic and Cinematic Frontiers in L’Esquive
Jehanne-Marie Gavarini
Borders Crossed, Borders Within
8 Between Hamburg and Istanbul: Mobility, Borders and Identity in the Films of Fatih Akin
Jessica Gallagher
9 Transnational Heroines: Swedish Youth Film and Immigrant Girlhood
Heta Mulari
10 Family as Internal Border in Dogtooth
Ipek A. Celik
Post-Colonial Borders and Cultural Frontiers
11 Gendered Conflicts in Northern Ireland: Motherhood, the Male Body and Borders in Some Mother’s Son and Hunger
Raita Merivirta
12 Heartlands and Borderlands: El Dorado and the Post-Franco Spanish Cinema as a Bridgehead between Europe and Latin America
Petteri Halin
13 Subverted and Transgressed Borders: The Empire in British Comedy and Horror Films
Rami Mähkä
Notes on Contributors

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