The Films of Aki Kaurismäki: Ludic Engagements

The Films of Aki Kaurismäki: Ludic Engagements

by Thomas Austin (Editor)


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Despite creating an extensive and innovative body of work over the last 30 years, Aki Kaurismäki remains relatively neglected in Anglophone scholarship. This international collection of original essays aims to redress such neglect by assembling diverse critical inquiries into Kaurismäki's oeuvre. The first anthology on Kaurismäki to be published in English, it offers a range of voices responding to his politically and aesthetically compelling cinema. Deploying various methodologies to explore multiple facets of his work, The Films of Aki Kaurismäki will come to be seen as the definitive book on Kaurismäki.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781501363160
Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date: 03/19/2020
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Thomas Austin is Reader in Media & Film at the University of Sussex, UK. He is the author of Hollywood, Hype and Audiences: Selling and Watching Popular Film in the 1990s (2002) and Watching the World: Screen Documentary and Audiences (2007); and co-editor of Contemporary Hollywood Stardom (2003) and Rethinking Documentary: New Perspectives, New Practices (2008).

Table of Contents

Introduction - Thomas Austin (University of Sussex, UK)
Part 1: Time and Space
Chapter 1 - Temporality in Kaurismäki: Anachronism, Allusion, Tableau - Thomas Austin (University of Sussex, UK)
Chapter 2 - Drifting Spaces: Ecocritical Perspectives on Aki Kaurismäki's Cinema - Pietari Kääpä (University of Strathclyde, UK)
Chapter 3- Aki Kaurismäki and the Art of Creating through Omission - Larisa Perski (University of Dusseldorf, Germany)
Part 2: Tone and Point of View
Chapter 4 - The Camera's Ironic Point of View in the Films of Aki Kaurismäki - Jaakko Seppala (University of Helsinki, Finland)
Chapter 5 - The Absurdity of the Ordinary: Performing the Contemporary in Aki Kaurismäki's Cinematography -Panos Kompatsiaris (National Research University, Moscow, Russia)
Chapter 6 - Aki Kaurismäki and Japan - Eija Niskanen (University of Helsinki, Finland)
Part 3: Performance
Chapter 7 - Four levels of Acting in Aki Kaurismäki's Drifting Clouds - Henry Bacon (University of Helsinki, Finland)
Chapter 8 - Masquerading, Underacting and Screen Performance in Hamlet Goes Business - Ulrike Hanstein (Bauhaus-Universität Weimar, Germany)
Chapter 9 - The Cultural Techniques of Gesture and Working-class Corporeality in Aki Kaurismäki's Proletarian Trilogy - Angelos Koutsourakis (University of Sydney, Australia)
Chapter 10 - Deadpan Dogs: Kaurismäki's Canine Comedies - Michael Lawrence (University of Sussex, UK)
Chapter 11 - Kaurismäki's Music: Live Performance as Heterotopia - Andrew Nestignen (University of Washington, USA)
Appendix - Kaurismäki Film Production and Distribution - Eija Niskanen (University of Helsinki, Finland)

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