Film noir elements in Scandinavian silent films

When present-day audiences think about the film adaptations of well-known bestseller stories of such authors as Henning Mankell, Håkan Nesser, Stieg Larsson and Jo Nesbø it may be intriguing for them to discover that the nowadays extremely popular genre of Nordic Noir, or Scandinavian noir as it is sometimes referred to - mainly comprising crime fiction written in the Scandinavian countries -, shares several common features with its ‘older brother’ film noir, not only because it displays characteristics of dark mood, low-key lighting schemes and a distinctive, realistic . . .

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Emma Vestrheim is the editor-in-chief of Cinema Scandinavia. Originally from Australia, she is now based in Bergen, Norway, and attends major Nordic film festivals to conduct interviews and review new films.