Journal Article

The Precariousness of Jewish Visibility: Surviving Antisemitism in Swedish Cinema

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Abstract

The article examines Jewish ‘self-images’ in Swedish post-war film. Before World War II, antisemitic caricatures were prevalent in Swedish film and visual culture. Following the Holocaust, Jews as such were virtually erased from Swedish screens. Written by and starring Marie-Louise Ekman, Hallo Baby (Bergenstråhle 1976) was a rare exception, the first Swedish post-war film to explore Swedish-Jewish identity. The 2002 comedy Livet i 8 bitar (Bit by Bit) (Metzger) remains the last of only a handful of films to fit said description. Significantly, both films draw heavily on established antisemitic tropes in their figurations of ‘Jewishness’. Through historically contextualized readings of the two films, including their reception, the article thus shows how the tradition of antisemitic caricature that prevailed until World War II has continued to condition Jewish self-representation in the post-war era.

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Details

  • Type:
    Journal Article (peer reviewed)
  • Journal:
    Journal of Scandinavian Cinema, Vol 12, Issue 1.
  • Pages:
    87-104
  • Published:
    2022
  • Language:
    English
  • DOI:

About the Author

Jonathan Rozenkrantz

Jonathan Rozenkrantz has a PhD in Cinema Studies. He is the author of Videographic Cinema: An Archaeology of Electronic Images and Imaginaries (Bloomsbury 2020). Jonathan's PhD dissertation ”Electronic Labyrinths: An Archaeology of Videographic C... Read more

Reference

Rozenkrantz, J. (2022). The Precariousness of Jewish Visibility: Surviving Antisemitism in Swedish Cinema. Journal of Scandinavian Cinema, 12(1), pp. 87-104. Available at: https://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/intellect/jsca/2022/00000012/00000001/art00008 [Accessed 3 Jul. 2022]. doi: https://doi.org/10.1386/jsca_00066_1.