World Film Locations: Helsinki (Book)

Part of Intellect’s World Film Locations series, World Film Locations: Helsinki explores the relationship between the city, cinema, and Finnish cultural history. Cinematic representations of Helsinki range from depictions of a northern periphery to a space of cosmopolitanism, from a touristic destination to a substitute for Moscow and St. Petersburg during the Cold War.

Category: Film Studies

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Part of Intellect’s World Film Locations series, World Film Locations: Helsinki explores the relationship between the city, cinema and Finnish cultural history. Cinematic representations of Helsinki range from depictions of a northern periphery to a space of cosmopolitanism, from a touristic destination to a substitute for Moscow and St. Petersburg during the Cold War. The city also looks different depending on one’s perspective, and World Film Locations: Helsinki illustrates this complexity by providing a visual collection of cinematic views of Helsinki. This cinematic city is a collective work where individual pieces construct a whole, and one which we, as viewers, then shape according to our perspectives. The contributors emphasize the role of the city in identity and cultural politics throughout Finnish film history and its central role as the locus for negotiating Finland’s globalization.

Pietari Kääpä is a research fellow in the School of Film and Television Studies at the University of Helsinki. He has published extensively on transnational Finnish cinema, including Directory of World Cinema: Finland. Silja Laine is a lecturer in landscape studies at the University of Turku, Finland.

Maps/Scenes Scenes 1-7 1927 - 1952 Scenes 8-14 1952 - 1962 Scenes 15-20 1965 - 1978 Scenes 21-26 1979 - 1988 Scenes 27-32 1997 - 2005 Scenes 33-38 2005 - 2011 Essays Helsinki: City of the Imagination - Pietari Kääpä Reality Bites: Documenting Helsinki's Changing Landscapes - Pietari Kääpä Designer City: Architects in Helsinki Films - Silja Laine Creative Geography: Helsinki as Body Double (Part 1) - Susanna Paasonen The Same But Different: Helsinki as Body Double (Part 2) - Susanna Paasonen From Hämeentie: The Local Logic of Aki Kaurismäki’s Helsinki - Sanna Peden Comic Spaces: Helsinki's Social Districts in Film Comedies - Kimmo Laine

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