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Authenticity on the silver screen: The making of three Gustavian silent films
Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Department of Political, Historical, Religious and Cultural Studies (from 2013).
2019 (English)In: Sjuttonhundratal, ISSN 1652-4772, Vol. 16, p. 18-43Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The three silent films Gustaf III och Bellman (1908), En afton hos Gustaf III på Stockholms slottandTvå konungar(1925) are illuminating examples of how the Gustavian period was reinvented, negotiated and visualized at the beginning of the twentieth century. In the article, object-based and visual analysis of the films, together with reception studies, are used to explore the production of period film and the strategies film directors developed in order to mediate a feeling of au-thenticity on screen. These strategies, based on a performative approach to au-thenticity, shared a number of similarities with professional art-historical practice at the turn of the twentieth century. The three case studies reveal not only how the Gustavian period was staged, but also the overlapping professional structures where filmmakers relied on specialists in the organization of material things, for example museum curators and art historians. Through their authority as experts they were able to help authenticate film productions and facilitate access for the film crew to historic sites. Likewise, the production of period films helped shape public history and influenced the management of heritage sites and museums, initiating reconstruction projects, for example.

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Stockholm: The Swedish Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies in collaboration with the Finnish, Norwegian, Danish and Icelandic Societies for Eighteenth-Century Studies , 2019. Vol. 16, p. 18-43
Keywords [en]
Swedish silent film, period film, art history, Gustavian, Gustaf III, Carl Michael Bellman, Erik Dahlberg, John W Brunius, Elis Ellis, Gösta Ekman
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-75860DOI: 10.7557/4.4879OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-75860DiVA, id: diva2:1374643
Available from: 2019-12-02 Created: 2019-12-02 Last updated: 2020-01-14Bibliographically approved

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