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The Cinema of Aki Kaurismäki: Contrarian Stories

Andrew Nestingen


Aki Kaurismäki is an enigma, an eminent auteur who claims his films are a joke. Since 1983, Kaurismäki has produced classically styled films filled with cinephilic references to film history. He has earned an international art-house audience and many prizes, influencing such directors as Jim Jarmusch, Quentin Tarantino, and Wes Anderson. Yet Kaurismäki is often depicted as the loneliest, most nostalgic of Finns (except when he promotes his films, makes political statements, and runs his many businesses). He is also depicted as a bohemian known for outlandish actions and statements. This book i ... More

Keywords: Aki Kaurismäki, films, film history, art-house, film director, filmmaker

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780231165594
Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015 DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231165594.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Andrew Nestingen, author