Aki Kaurismäki is an enigma, an eminent auteur who claims his
films are a joke. Since 1983, Kaurismäki has produced
classically-styled films filled with cinephilic references to film
history. He has earned an international art-house audience and many
prizes, influencing such directors as Jim Jarmusch, Quentin
Tarantino, and Wes Anderson. Yet Kaurismäki is often depicted as
the loneliest, most nostalgic of Finns (except when he promotes his
films, makes political statements, and runs his many businesses).
He is also depicted as a bohemian known for outlandish actions and
statements. The Cinema of Aki Kaurismäki is the first
comprehensive English-language study of this eccentric director.
Drawing on revisionist approaches to film authorship, the text
links the filmmaker and his films to the stories and issues
animating film aesthetics and history, nostalgia, late modernity,
politics, commerce, film festivals, and national cinema.
Subjects: Film Studies
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