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Decoration, Discrimination and “the mysteries of Cinema”: Women and Film Exhibition in Sweden from the Introduction of Film to the Mid-1920s
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Media Studies, Cinema Studies.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-0101-0580
2017 (English)Other (Refereed)
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This essay investigates the role of women in Swedish film exhibition from the early days of ambulating film exhibitors, through the formation of a cinema culture with permanent venues, and all the way up to the coming of sound. Although membership and leadership of professional organizations, such as Sveriges Biografägareförbund/Sweden’s National Association of Cinema Owners (founded in 1915) or Svenska Film-och biografmannasällskapet/The Swedish Film and Cinema Society (founded in 1917), as well as contemporary articles in the trade press, reveal that cinema-owners and film exhibitors were male-dominated professions, a large number of women were nevertheless involved in running Swedish cinemas in the silent era. The title of the essay refers to the ways in which–as we shall see–women cinema managers have been described as respectable hostesses, turning their cinemas into tasteful, comfortable venues. However, “discrimination” can also refer to practices of unfair treatment, which have circumscribed women’s agency in different circumstances, and limited their presence in film history textbooks.

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Columbia University , 2017.
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Studies on Film
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Cinema Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-152479OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-152479DiVA, id: diva2:1180225
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Kvinnor i svensk film: om kön, film och representation (RJ Dnr P17-0079:1)
Note

Overview essay in the Women Film Pioneers Project at Columbia University.

Available from: 2018-02-05 Created: 2018-02-05 Last updated: 2018-05-09Bibliographically approved

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