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The cosmopolitan Communist: Joris Ivens, transnational film-maker before transnationalism?

Hodgin, Nick 2016. The cosmopolitan Communist: Joris Ivens, transnational film-maker before transnationalism? Transnational Cinemas 7 (1) , pp. 34-49. 10.1080/20403526.2016.1140947

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Abstract

The focus on transnational cinema has tended to privilege recent film, tracing film-makers’ movements across borders and cultures as a response to forced migration or in pursuit of translocated and/or transcultured subjects. This article seeks to redress the somewhat myopic historical perspective of such studies by extending the historical scope to focus on films made under the aegis of the East German regime by the Dutch film-maker Joris Ivens in the 1950s. It argues that Ivens’ documentary work can be seen as an ambitious, proto-transnational project (highlighting Ivens’ internationalism both in outlook and in terms of production), where the transnational is revealing of a committed cinema that celebrates the local and seeks simultaneously to surmount culture and geography as hurdles in promoting global understanding.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Modern Languages
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 2040-3526
Last Modified: 05 Jul 2019 15:13
URI: http://orca-mwe.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/105517

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