Publication
Title
The Bernhardt of Scandinavia : Betty Nansen's modern breakthrough
Author
Abstract
The cinema of the 1910s witnessed the birth of the film star, modelled after theatrical strategies that were spearheaded by actresses of international renown such as Sarah Bernhardt. She can be seen to have given birth to the notion of famous players in famous plays in 1912, though in Denmark, the influential Nordisk Films Kompagni had already invested more extensively in marketing the appeal of theatrical stars that crossed over into the realm of film by this time. I will trace how Nordic drama was marketed internationally by analysing the trajectory of one of the most important, yet undervalued, actresses of the time, Betty Nansen (18731943) also known as the Bernhardt of Scandinavia. Nansen was the model for the new post-Ibsen female in Scandinavian society, both on and off the stage, and additionally a key example of how theatre and film uniquely managed to bridge the gap in Denmark. Betty Nansens stage and screen work reinforced each other, from the Danish Royal Theatre to the American Fox Film Corporation, and to managing her own theatre in Copenhagen, the still extant Betty Nansen Teatret.
Language
English
Source (journal)
Nineteenth century theatre and film. - Manchester, 2002, currens
Publication
Manchester : 2018
ISSN
1748-3727 [print]
2048-2906 [online]
Volume/pages
45:1(2018), p. 56-80
Full text (Publisher's DOI)
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UAntwerpen
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Subject
Art 
Affiliation
Publications with a UAntwerp address
External links
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Creation 06.09.2018
Last edited 15.07.2021
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