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Aki Kaurismäki is an enigma, an eminent auteur who claims his movies are a shaggy dog story. because 1983, Kaurismäki has produced classically-styled movies full of cinephilic references to movie background. He has earned a global art-house viewers and lots of prizes, influencing such administrators as Jim Jarmusch, Quentin Tarantino, and Wes Anderson. but Kaurismäki is frequently depicted because the loneliest, such a lot nostalgic of Finns (except while he promotes his motion pictures, makes political statements, and runs his many businesses). he's additionally depicted as a bohemian recognized for outlandish activities and statements. The Cinema of Aki Kaurismäki is the 1st finished English-language examine of this eccentric director. Drawing on revisionist methods to movie authorship, the textual content hyperlinks the filmmaker and his movies to the tales and matters animating movie aesthetics and heritage, nostalgia, overdue modernity, politics, trade, movie gala's, and nationwide cinema.

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I'm particularly grateful to the director of the collegium in the course of my time there, the past due Juha Sihvola, who not just inspired me to organise a symposium on Kaurismäki, yet was once chuffed to inform me in regards to the arrival of punk rock in Finland over lunch. I additionally benefitted from the peerless study suggestions of Jenni T. Laitinen, for which i'm deeply grateful. targeted because of Susanna Paasonen, Sara Heinämaa, and Pietari Kääpä, who learn and criticised drafts. I additionally desire to thank Maxim Kupovykh, Arto Laitinen, Jason Lavery, Ilkka Pyysiäinen, Dmitri Panchenko, and Tuulikki Pietilä for his or her questions and curiosity. It was once a excitement to be a fellow on the collegium and i'm grateful for the aid I vii Kaurismaki_pages. indb 7 22/4/13 17:45:16 received. In Helsinki, I additionally desire to thank Paula Arvas, Henry Bacon, Anna Hollstén, Jukka Kuosmanen, Paavo Löppönen, Jyrki Nummi, Veli-Matti Pynttäri, Jussi Sipilä, and Matti and Kaisa Sinikara. The ebook used to be bolstered by way of possibilities to offer components of it on the collage of California-Berkeley, division of Scandinavian reviews; the collage of Tampere, division of Media reviews; and the collage of Jyväskylä, division of background and Ethnology. distinctive due to Mark Sandberg at Berkeley for the invitation, and to colleagues who supplied many questions. thank you to boot to Laura Horak for sharing her paintings on Greta Garbo and Mauritz Stiller with me. At Tampere, I desire to thank Jussi Ojajärvi, Kimmo Laine, and Pertti Alasuutari for his or her feedback, questions, and dialog. Laura Stark on the collage of Jyväskylä additionally supplied stimulating chance for dialogue. Hanna Snellman, Marko Hakanen, and Heikki Hanka additionally shared their innovations, and a distinct journey to Säynätsalo, which i cannot overlook too quickly. i'm additionally grateful to Yoram Allon and Jodie Taylor at Wallflower Press for his or her specialist aid with the booklet, in addition to to Breffni Whelan for her paintings at the index. Karen Baker regularly knew whilst i used to be off beam, and helped me come back on. She additionally spent a 12 months in Helsinki with me to make this booklet occur. i started this publication prior to our daughters Ella and Willa have been born; now they're monstrous women. This e-book is devoted to them. viii Kaurismaki_pages. indb eight 22/4/13 17:45:16 INTRODUCTION ‘Who the Hell Are You? ’: Aki Kaurismäki’s Cinema Am I now not that dissonant chord within the divine symphony, because of the insatiable irony that mauls and savages me? That spitfire irony is in my voice and all my blood is her black poison. i'm the sinister glass within which she seems to be on herself. i'm the wound and the knife, i'm the blow and the cheek, the limbs and the rack, the sufferer and the executioner. Charles Baudelaire1 movie critic Andrew Mann relates an anecdote approximately Aki Kaurismäki in his evaluate of Mies vailla menneisyyttä (The guy and not using a previous, 2002) for the l. a. Weekly. He tells of an incident that happened on the Cannes foreign movie competition in may perhaps 2002. It makes obvious 4 tales which are ever found in Kaurismäki’s filmmaking and movies, in addition to within the discourse that contains the filmmaker as a public determine – Kaurismäki the auteur, Kaurismäki the bohemian, Kaurismäki the nostalgic, and Kaurismäki the Finn.

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