The Style of Nordic Noir: Bordertown as a Stylistic Adaptation of the Prototype

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Nordic noir can be productively defined as a group style. The global popularity of prototypical Nordic noirs Forbrydelsen (The Killing, 2007–2012) and Bron/Broen (The Bridge, 2011–2018) encourages Nordic filmmakers and television producers to adapt and appropriate their conventions in the hope of reaching large audiences. Employing a specific style is a way of producing crime films and television series in an identifiable manner as Nordic noir. As a key example, the chapter analyzes how “the first Finnish Nordic noir” Sorjonen (Bordertown, 2016–) adapts and appropriates stylistic elements from The Bridge and The Killing in its use of 1) modernist art cinema elements, 2) conventions of the popular crime genre and 3) Nordic regional elements. These are the three categories that are essential for Nordic noir.
Titel på värdpublikationNordic Noir, Adaptation, Appropriation
RedaktörerJaakko Seppälä, Andrew Nestingen, Linda Badley
Antal sidor19
FörlagPalgrave Macmillan
ISBN (tryckt)978-3-030-38657-3
ISBN (elektroniskt)978-3-030-38658-0
StatusPublicerad - 2020
MoE-publikationstypA3 Del av bok eller annan forskningsbok


NamnPalgrave Studies in Adaptation and Visual Culture


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