The filmic legacy of 'Queen Christina': Mika Kaurismäki's Girl King (2015) and Bertrand Tavernier's cinematic 'Amazons' in D'Artagnan's Daughter (1994) and The Princess of Montpensier (2010)

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Within the broad framework of feminist historiography, the present study explores the filmic legacy of biopics on Christina of Sweden, most notably Rouben Mamoulian’s Queen Christina (1933) and Anthony Harvey’s The Abdication (1974) . The recent releases of Mika Kaurismäki’s Girl King (2015) and of Bernard Tavernier’s The Princess of Montpensier (2010), more than ten years after his well-received light-hearted epic D’Artagnan’s Daughter (1994) , allow for a fresh assessment of how film directors , both as mouthpieces for their audience’s expectations and as agents of ideological change, engage with the representation of the past and negotiate with controversial models of femininity. In the process, this comparative analysis seeks to consider the extent to which Kaurismäki’s and Tavernier’s films signal a new turn in the multifaceted histories of cinema and feminism.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPremodern Rulers and Postmodern Viewers
Subtitle of host publicationGender, Sex and Power in Popular Culture
EditorsJanice North, Karl C. Alvestad, Elena Woodacre
Place of PublicationCham
Number of pages23
ISBN (Electronic)9783319687711
ISBN (Print)9783319687704
Publication statusPublished - 9 Feb 2018

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NameQueenship and Power


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