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Film Workshops as Polyvocal Public Spheres: Minor Cinemas in Sweden

Andersson, Lars Gustaf LU and Sundholm, John (2010) In Canadian Journal of Film Studies - Revue Canadienne d'Études Cinématographiques 19. p.66-81
Abstract
Film workshop culture is a neglected phenomenon in film history and research.This essay arguments that the film workshops that flourished in the 1960s, 70s and the 80s, often constituted public spheres in the sense of Habermas, Negt and Kluge. Focusing on the Swedish Film Workshop, Filmverkstan (1973-2001), the essay shows that films at the workshops were made because they were in resonance with the public’s “concrete way of life” (Lebenszusammenhang) rather than being products aimed at a specific market. Further, the workshops provided access to filmmaking for diverse people. This research into film workshops as public spheres, as cultures of polyvocality and as minor cinema practices, productively responds to the teleological and textual... (More)
Film workshop culture is a neglected phenomenon in film history and research.This essay arguments that the film workshops that flourished in the 1960s, 70s and the 80s, often constituted public spheres in the sense of Habermas, Negt and Kluge. Focusing on the Swedish Film Workshop, Filmverkstan (1973-2001), the essay shows that films at the workshops were made because they were in resonance with the public’s “concrete way of life” (Lebenszusammenhang) rather than being products aimed at a specific market. Further, the workshops provided access to filmmaking for diverse people. This research into film workshops as public spheres, as cultures of polyvocality and as minor cinema practices, productively responds to the teleological and textual approaches that have prevailed in film studies. (Less)
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film workshop minor cinema public sphere polyvocality
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Canadian Journal of Film Studies - Revue Canadienne d'Études Cinématographiques
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19
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66 - 81
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the Film Studies Association of Canada / Association canadienne d’études cinématographiques
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0847-5911
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The Cultural Policy of Minor Cinemas: The Swedish Film Workshop 1973 - 2001
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English
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  abstract     = {Film workshop culture is a neglected phenomenon in film history and research.This essay arguments that the film workshops that flourished in the 1960s, 70s and the 80s, often constituted public spheres in the sense of Habermas, Negt and Kluge. Focusing on the Swedish Film Workshop, Filmverkstan (1973-2001), the essay shows that films at the workshops were made because they were in resonance with the public’s “concrete way of life” (Lebenszusammenhang) rather than being products aimed at a specific market. Further, the workshops provided access to filmmaking for diverse people. This research into film workshops as public spheres, as cultures of polyvocality and as minor cinema practices, productively responds to the teleological and textual approaches that have prevailed in film studies.},
  author       = {Andersson, Lars Gustaf and Sundholm, John},
  issn         = {0847-5911},
  keyword      = {film workshop
minor cinema
public sphere
polyvocality},
  language     = {eng},
  pages        = {66--81},
  publisher    = {the Film Studies Association of Canada / Association canadienne d’études cinématographiques},
  series       = {Canadian Journal of Film Studies - Revue Canadienne d'Études Cinématographiques},
  title        = {Film Workshops as Polyvocal Public Spheres: Minor Cinemas in Sweden},
  volume       = {19},
  year         = {2010},
}