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Walking in Copenhagen, Hamburg, Oslo: Planned and Lived Space in Jørgen Roos’ Early-60s City Symphonies

Thomson, C; (2018) Walking in Copenhagen, Hamburg, Oslo: Planned and Lived Space in Jørgen Roos’ Early-60s City Symphonies. Kosmorama: tidsskrift for filmkunst og filmkultur , 2018 (272) Green open access

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Abstract

In the wake of an Oscar nomination for his 1960 short 'A City Called Copenhagen', Danish documentarist Jørgen Roos accepted invitations to make similar films from the city authorities of Hamburg and Oslo. Though the commissioning processes were different, the resulting films can be seen as a kind of trilogy: all three use forms of art as an organising principle, all three focus on the everyday lives of the people of the city, and all three put emphasis on walking in the city. On the basis of archival research in Copenhagen, Hamburg and Oslo, and drawing on Michel de Certeau’s essay ‘Walking in the City’, this article tries to trace how the lived city emerges in each film from the negotiations between filmmaker, commissioning authorities, and the city streets themselves.

Type: Article
Title: Walking in Copenhagen, Hamburg, Oslo: Planned and Lived Space in Jørgen Roos’ Early-60s City Symphonies
Location: Denmark
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: https://www.kosmorama.org/walking-copenhagen-hambu...
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the version of record. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Danish cinema, Informational film, Jørgen Roos, Hamburg in film, Oslo in film, Copenhagen in film
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Arts and Humanities
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > SELCS
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10064695
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