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A Social Poetics of Documentary: Grierson and the Scandinavian Documentary Tradition

Publication: Research - peer-reviewBook chapter

This article deals with the influence of John Grierson on the development of the Scandinavian documentary film and television movement. Grierson's poetic for a new documentary had a strong influence on the Scandinavian documentary movement from the 1930s and on. The combination of a documentary format that combined a new aesthetic form with a social vision was developed in the early British class society but pointed towards a more democratic wellfare society. Key Scandinavian figures and institutions in this development of a modern, documentary movement is analysed.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Grierson Effect : Tracing Documentary's International Movement
EditorsZoë Druick, Deane Williams
Number of pages14
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Publication date27 Oct 2014
Pages79-92
Chapter5
ISBN (print)9781844575404, 9781844575398
StatePublished - 27 Oct 2014
SeriesCultural Histories of Cinema Series

    Research areas

  • Faculty of Humanities - Film og tv-historie, dokumentarisme, Skandinavisk film og tv, Grierson, Engelsk filmhistorie

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