Emil StjernholmDoctoral Student


In my dissertation, I examine the Swedish critic, director, and researcher Gösta Werner's (1908-2009) filmmaking. Emphasis is put on three specific fields within which Werner was active during his career: experimental film, feature film, and most notably, sponsored film.

During the 1940s and 50s, Werner and many other artistically ambitious filmmakers, like Arne Sucksdorff, Alex Jute and Egil Holmsen, sought financial aid from commissioners. As a sponsored filmmaker, Werner directed several films documenting and communicating industrial processes, but he also directed a number of more artistically oriented films where he was allowed to experiment with film as an artistic expression. With his films, like The Train (1948), To Kill a Child (1953), and City Lights (1954), Werner emerged as a one of Sweden's few internationally renowned short film directors. Moreover, these films reached a broad and diversified audience: from schools and work-places to international film festivals.

My project has two aims: first, to get a better picture of Werner's filmmaking and his unstable position within the Swedish film industry; second, to place these neglected films in a cultural context and champion an improved understanding of the logic that permeated the short film production in Sweden during the 40s and 50s.

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