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Nordisk Films Kompagni 1906-1924: The Rise and Fall of the Polar Bear (Paperback)

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Isak Thorsen holds a PhD in Film Studies from The University of Copenhagen. His dissertation was titled Isbjørnens anatomi -Nordisk Films Kompagni somerhvervsvirksomhed i perioden 1906–1928 ("Anatomy of the Polar Bear – Nordisk Films Kompagni as a Business Enterprise in the Period 1906–1928"). He contributed to the anthology 100 Years of Nordisk Film (DFI 2006) and has written for the journals Film History, Kosmorama, 16:9, Mifune and Sentura. He is the editor and author of the Danish entries in Historical Dictionary of Scandinavian Cinema (Scarecrow 2012).Currently Research Assistant in the Section of Film and Media Studies, University of Copenhagen.

Nordisk Films Kompagni 1906–1924: The Riseand Fall of the Polar Bear is the first comprehensive study of the Danish film company Nordisk Films Kompagni in the silent era. Based on archival research, primarily in the company’s surviving business archives, this volume of KINtop describes and analyses how Nordisk Film became one of the leading players in the world market and why the company failed to maintain this position. The perspective is Nordisk Film as a business and its organization, from its establishment in 1906 until 1924 when founder Ole Olsen stepped back. Among the many topics and themes this volume examines are the competitive advantages Nordisk Film gained in reorganizing the production to multiple-reel films around 1910; the company’s highly efficient film production which anticipated the departmentalized organization of Hollywood; Nordisk Film’s aggressive expansion strategy in Germany, Central-Europe and Russia during the First World War; and the grand plans for taking control of UFA in association with the American Famous Players in the post-war years.


ISBN 9780861967315
Genre PERFORMING ARTS / Film & Video / History & Criticism
Format Paperback
Pages 250
Publisher Date 2017-10-01 00:00:00.0
Publisher John Libbey & Co Ltd
Height 9.25 in
Wdth 6.12 in
Language English
Subtitle The Rise and Fall of the Polar Bear
Series Name Kintop Studies in Early Cinema
Series Volume Number 5
Audience College/higher education
Authors Thorsen, Isak
Country of Origin United States
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