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Current research project

Title / Titel Strange Switzerland. The Self-Critical Representation of Switzerland in contemporary Swiss Cinema 1964-2004
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Original title / Originaltitel Die schräge Schweiz. Das selbstkritische Bild der Schweiz im neueren Schweizer Film
Summary / Zusammenfassung Since the 1960s Swiss filmmakers have consistently produced works which can only be described as "strange". Whether comic or eccentric, ironic or angry, politically committed or just plain weird, these otherwise very diverse films have one thing in common: they provide new and unfamiliar perspectives on everyday life, history and identity in Switzerland. This dissertation projects aims to compile a catalogue of "strange" topics and characters, film forms and styles, and thus to define the pursuit of the strange as a form of cultural praxis. At once aesthetically innovative and socially relevant, these films complement and correct the standard image of Swiss film. In addition, strange Swiss cinema provides an important case study for the potentially subversive power of small national cinemas: as sites of cultural resistance in an increasingly globalized media culture.
Project leadership and contacts /
Projektleitung und Kontakte
MA Marcy Goldberg (Project Leader)
Funding source(s) /
Unterstützt durch
Forschungskredit der Universität Zürich, Others
Duration of Project / Projektdauer Oct 2003 to Dec 2019