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A film critic looks back

Among the head hunters and Nazis – The generation that restored Norwegian film
Forfatter: Kjetil Lismoen
Forlag: Tiden Norsk Forlag (Norge)
An emotional involvement in the film industry makes Lismen's book about Norwegian film stand out.

Editor of Rushprint and film critic in Aftenposten Kjetil Lismoen cares about the Norwegian film industry. The book is his selective and committed look at the history of Norwegian films and filmmakers' path from the bottom level of the 1980 century to the restoration of public confidence and international recognition with Norwave in the 1990 century. And we get his view of an industry that currently seems to be turning everything into gold: Norwegian films participate in prestigious festivals such as Cannes, Berlin and Toronto, and Norwegian directors stand for major ventures and box office records in Hollywood which Hansel and Gretel og The Imitation Game.

Lismoen is as much a witness of the time as a film analyst, and shares the noise from his close and candid conversations with significant film voices throughout – such as Hamer, Holst, Sletaune and Skjoldbjærg.

From chopsticks to Hollywood. Lismo's account of the restoration of Norwegian film starts colorful in 1980. At the time the bottom was reached, when the Norwegian film was largely slaughtered by the critics and was a favorite national hog.

The heroes of the book are the dedicated fiery souls who dare defy rejection and challenge film politics.

On to 1995: Total mistrust between Norwegian feature films, audiences and critics. A famous director (Wam) raves about killing a film critic who has. . .

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Ellen Lande
Lande is a film writer and director and a regular writer for Ny Tid.

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