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Gazing at the Baltic: Tourist Discourse in the Cinema of the Baltic Sea Countries
University of Skövde, School of Informatics. University of Skövde, The Informatics Research Centre. (Media, Technology and Culture (MTEC))
2016 (English)In: Music, Art and Diplomacy during the Cold War / [ed] Simo Mikkonen and Pekka Suutari, Farnham: Ashgate, 2016Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The article concentrates on spatial representations in cinemas of Eastern and Western countries around the Baltic Sea from the perspective of the so-called 'tourist gaze', as theorised principally by John Urry. Drawing on his writings, several authors have recognised essential similarities between the representational regimes of socialist realism in the Eastern bloc and tourism marketing as practiced on both sides of the Iron Curtain. This aim article is to compare if and how the ‘tourist gaze’ manifested in different ideological settings, looking at urban representations in films from Estonia (the cycle of so-called ‘Old Town films’ from the 1960s and 1970s), Poland (Do widzenia, do jutra / Goodbye, See You Tomorrow, dir. Janusz Morgenstern, 1960) and Sweden (Mannen från andra sidan / The Man from the Other Side, dir. Yuri Yegorov, 1972).

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Farnham: Ashgate, 2016.
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Media Studies
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Humanities and Social sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:his:diva-11946ISBN: 978-1-4724-6808-6OAI: diva2:906579
Available from: 2016-02-24 Created: 2016-02-24 Last updated: 2016-06-08Bibliographically approved

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