Importing Asta Nielsen

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The International Film Star in the Making, 1910–1914
Edited by Martin Loiperdinger and Uli Jung
Distribution: World
Publication date: 6/24/2013
Format: paper 400 pages, 20 color illus., 71 b&w illus.
6 x 9
ISBN: 9780-86196-708-7
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Danish silent film actress Asta Nielsen became a brand name in movie houses around the globe in the early 1900s. Known simply as "The Asta," she exhibited both a subtle eroticism and a naturalistic style in her performances, which propelled her into international stardom. Nielsen's worldwide fame was made possible by film distributors adept at contracting long runs for films in cinemas around the world. This volume examines the role of these newly developed film distribution strategies and the resulting emergence of the international film star.
Distributed for John Libbey Publishing

Author Bio

Martin Loiperdinger is Professor of Media Studies at the University of Trier. His publications on early cinema include articles, books, television shows, exhibitions, and DVDs.

Uli Jung teaches English literature and film at the University of Trier and has published extensively on early German film.


"[P]resents case studies from 22 countries about Asta Nielsen’s significance as a feature-length movie star in the years before World War I." —COMMUNICATION BOOKNOTES Qtly

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Table of Contents

Introduction / Uli Jung and Martin Loiperdinger

Part I: Asta Nielsen in Denmark
1. Presenting AFGRUNDEN in Copenhagen and Skive / Casper Tybjerg
2. Nordisk Films Kompagni and Asta Nielsen / Isak Thorsen
3. Ambivalent Admiration: Asta Nielsen’s Conflicted Reception in Denmark, 1911-14 / Julie K. Allen
4. Aðalhlutverkið leikur: Frú Asta Nielsen-Gad. Asta Nielsen Films in Reykjavík, 1912-1925 / Agnes Schindler

Part II: AFGRUNDEN: Debut Film of an Unknown Actress
5. AFGRUNDEN aka KUILU in Finland. Nordiska Biograd Kompaniet, Exclusive Distribution and Newly Established Censorship / Outi Hupanittu
6. AFGRUNDEN in Warsaw and Asta Nielsen’s Popularity in Polish Territories / Andrzej Debski
7. AFGRUNDEN and Professor Ehrlich’s Magic Bullet in Alexandria / Ouissal Mejri

Part III: The Making of the Film Star in Germany
8. ‘Die Duse der Kino-Kunst’: Asta Nielsen’s Berlin Made Brand / Martin Loiperdinger
9. Advertising Asta Nielsen and the Long-Feature Film: The Case of Mannheim / Andrea Haller
10. Screening Asta Nielsen Films in Metz Before the First World War / Pierre Stotzky

Part IV: Asta Nielsen Films in Local Exhibition
11. Asta Nielsen Films in Innsbruck Before the First World War / Patrick Blaser
12. Asta Nielsen in Zurich: Film Exhibition and Reviews / Mattia Lento
13. Advertising Asta Nielsen: Traces of Local Trade Rivalry in Zurich and Transnational Circulation / Adrian Gerber
14. Asta Nielsen in the Cinema Theatres of Lausanne, 1911-1913 / Pierre-Emmanuel Jaques
15. ‘Earning the Audience’s Unbridled Applause’: Asta Nielsen Films in Luxembourg / Paul Lesch
16. ‘Celebrada artista de fama mundial’: Asta Nielsen in Barcelona, 1910-1914 / María Antonia Paz and Julio Montero

Part V: Censorship Versus Art Discourse
17. ‘The Great Asta Nielsen,’ ‘The Shady Exclusive’ and the Birth of Film Censorship in Britain, 1911-1914 / Jon Burrows
18. Vindicating The Great Moment Against Swedish Censorship: Asta Nielsen’s Soulful Eyes as On-Screen Pantomime / Anne Bachmann

Part VI: The International Cinema Celebrity
19. Italy’s First Film Star: Asta Nielsen, ‘Polaris’ / Giovanni Lasi
20. Asta Nielsen and the Russian Film Trade / Laui Piispa
21. Distributing, Programming, and Recycling Asta Nielsen Films in the Netherlands, 1911-1920 / Ansje van Beusekom
22. Opportunities Gone By: Asta Nielsen Films in France Before the First World War / Valdo Kneubühler
23. Asta Nielsen’s Flickering Stardom in the USA, 1912-1914 / Richard Abel

Part VII: Outside the Western World
24. Asta Nielsen as Import Commodity: International Stardom and Local Film Distribution in Brazil, 1911-1915 / Rielle Navitski
25. Asta Nielsen, Cinema-going and Film Censorship in the Netherlands Indies, 1912-1918 / Dafna Ruppin
26. ‘The Great Favorite, Miss Asta Nielsen’: Asta Nielsen on Australasian Screens / Stephen Bottomore
27. Asta Nielsen and Shimpa Films in Japan / Sawako Ogawa

Part VIII: Asta Nielsen: Positioning Her Status
28. Asta Nielsen and Her Destitute Female Characters / Caroline Henkes
29. Asta Nielsen in Germany: A Reception-Oriented Approach / Annemone Ligensa
30. From Screen Personalities to Stars: Analysing Early Film Fame in Europe / Ian Christie

Asta Nielsen: International Filmography, 1910-1914
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