Suomalainen elokuvakulttuuriaktivismi sodan jälkeen

Film culture activism in postwar Finland

Defined by the French cinéphiles Henri Langlois, André Bazin and François Truffaut, the idea of film culture activism centers on collecting, watching and discussing films with film archives, film societies and film journals as their basic institutions. In postwar Finland, the development of film culture activism has taken three successive waves. The generation of the 1950's established the basic institutions of film culture in Finland, the baby-boom generation of the 1960's expanded them, and the generation of the 1980s has witnessed the decline of their vitality. In the present postmodern condition, four reactions to the altered status of film and film culture can be discerned: the neo-conservative reaction, i.e. looking back to the golden days of the classical film between 1915-1960; the neo-modern reaction, i.e. investing hope in the new computer-based audio-visual media; the post-modern reaction, i.e. concentrating on the popular-cultural cinema; and the late modern reaction, defending the art, political and avant-garde film.

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