Finnish Film Style in the Silent Era

  • Jaakko SeppäläEmail author
Part of the Palgrave European Film and Media Studies book series (PEFMS)


This chapter traces the changes that took place in the style of Finnish silent fiction films and their connections to national and international cultural flows. Finnish films are analysed in their transnational context by means of classifying, measuring and verbally describing their stylistic characteristics. These findings are compared to corresponding stylistic developments in foreign cinemas. This reveals similarities and differences, on the basis of which it is possible to assess how unique Finnish silent cinema was and to what extent foreign cinemas affected its stylistic development. The chapter outlines the development of Finnish silent cinema from the tableau style towards the classical style.


Spatiotemporal Relation Realistic Motivation Classical Style Hollywood Film Medium Shot 
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  1. 1.Film and Television StudiesUniversity of HelsinkiHelsinkiFinland

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