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Nordisk Films Kompagni 1906-1924, Volume 5

The Rise and Fall of the Polar Bear

Nordisk Films Kompagni 1906–1924: The Rise and Fall of the Polar Bear is the first comprehensive study of the Danish film company, Nordisk Films Kompagni, in the silent era. Based on archival research, primarily in the company's surviving business archives, this volume of KINtop describes and analyzes how Nordisk Film became one of the leading players in the world market and why the company failed to maintain this position. This volume is written from perspective of Nordisk Film as a business and organization, from its establishment in 1906 until 1924 when founder Ole Olsen stepped back. Among the many topics and themes this volume examines are the competitive advantages Nordisk Film gained in reorganizing the production to multiple-reel films around 1910; the company's highly efficient film production which anticipated the departmentalized organization of Hollywood; Nordisk Film's aggressive expansion strategy in Germany, Central-Europe and Russia during the First World War; and the grand plans for taking control of UFA in association with the American Famous Players in the post-war years.

About the Author

Isak Thorsen is Research Assistant in the Section of Film and Media Studies at the University of Copenhagen and holds a PhD in Film Studies. He contributed to the anthology "100 Years of Nordisk Film" (DFI 2006) and has written for the journals Film History, Kosmorama, 16:9, Mifune and Sentura. He is editor and author of the Danish entries in the Historical Dictionary of Scandinavian Cinema (Scarecrow 2012).


"By working with the actual sources, the volume is rich in detail . . .the book is an entertaining story about one of the big players in early film history."—Film History

"Thorsen presents us with a thoroughly engaging book about a littlediscussed area of filmmaking in the silent era, managing to make the story accessible even for those readers with little or no knowledge of business or finance. What is more, he does so in a way that makes it of interest not only to scholars interested in the relatively niche area of the business of filmmaking, but those researching the silent era in general."—Studies in European Cinema
John Libbey Publishing
KINtop Studies in Early Cinema

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