Historisk spelfilmsanalys : exemplet Gustaf Molanders Vi som går köksvägen 1932
Historical feature film analysis-the example of Gustaf Molander's Vi som gar köksvägen 1932
Summary, in English
In dialogue with the fields of film studies and ”film and history”, I argue for a historically informed film analysis that treats feature film’s form and style, and its ‘re-historicization’, by relating it to the wider context of its production, reception, and the film culture in general. Further, a natural starting-point in any study of the representations of a certain category of people, such as maidservants, would be the different characters in the films in mind. Following the film scholar Richard Dyer, I suggest concentrating in the first instance on how the film stars act in their roles, considering each as a complex intersection between film, film culture, and society as a whole. Again referring to Dyer, I hold that each character captures a certain set of societal principals and values, sifting out types from stereotypes, iden- tifying the ones who represent the overall ideology of the film’s narrative and those who do not.
Taking a close look at Vi som går köksvägen, I demonstrate how all these things come together, in an analysis that deepens our understanding of this particular film as a historical source for Swedish society in the 1930s. Paying especial attention to the characters in the film, I discuss various aspects of the film’s form (story, plot, narration, parallelisms) and style (setting, properties, acting, make-up, and lightning), in the course of which
I relate to other types of material, shedding light on the film’s production and reception and on the construction of Tutta Rolf as a Swedish film star. I conclude that it is a surprisingly radical film, celebrating the strong new woman who was part of the new modern Sweden.
Artikel i tidskrift
- film history
- Swedish feature films
- film stars
- Vi som går köksvägen
- Tutta Rolf
- Between Prejudice and Popularity – the Maid in Swedish Feature Films 1930–1950
- ISSN: 0036-5483