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October 2007, Week 2


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Wider Screen 02/2007: The cinema of Aki Kaurismäki – The Politics of

A special issue of Wider Screen designed to illuminate the wide-ranging
and multifaceted cultural life of Finnish director Aki Kaurismäki's films:

The films of Aki Kaurismäki are multifaceted texts that balance between a
variety of cultural tropes. The films are simultaneously national and
international; they deal with Finnish national myths alongside the
globalisation of national culture; the films blur the distinctions between
high culture and low culture both in terms of thematics and aesthetics;
they circulate the globe in both commercial and festival releases, gaining
widely discrepant critical and commercial receptions.

The issue contains the following contributions:

Introduction by the guest editor:

- The Cinema of Aki Kaurismäki - The Politics of Contradiction
Pietari Kääpä


- Aki Kaurismäki and Nation: The Contrarian Cinema
Andrew Nestingen

- A Place to Go? Exploring liminal space in Aki Kaurismäki's I Hired a
Contract Killer (1990)
Paul Newland

- The Politics of National Identity in Aki Kaurismäki's Leningrad Cowboys
Pietari Kääpä

- Työväenluokkainen maskuliinisuus ja ruumiillisuus Aki Kaurismäen
elokuvissa Kauas pilvet karkaavat ja Mies vailla menneisyyttä
Kaisa Toivonen

- Soup, soap and national reawakening The national ambiguous role of the
salvation army in The Man without Past (2002)
Sanna Peden

Book review:

Tekijän muotokuva
- Peter von Bagh: Aki Kaurismäki
Jussi Kaisjoki

Wider Screen is an internet-based journal intended for both popular and
academic writings on audio-visual culture.

Online resources for film/TV studies may be found at ScreenSite