A Pattern of islands: The power of personalised genres
1. Atoll Order
In 1952 a young British diplomat called Arther Grimble was posted to the (South Sea) Gilbert and Ellis Islands and he wrote of his amusing experiences in a book called A Pattern Of Islands. This phrase also seems a good image for a trip through selected Nordic films from the last few decades (while trying to avoid ship-wreck on the rocks of over-extended metaphor en route…).
The pattern – and purpose - is that of individual psychological meaning.
The islands are, of course, the five Nordic . . .
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