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Vikings - savages or heroes: historicity of cinema display


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Mihalić, Kristina. (2016). Vikings - savages or heroes: historicity of cinema display. Diploma Thesis. Filozofski fakultet u Zagrebu, Department of History. [mentor Gračanin, Hrvoje].

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The aim of this study is to provide a detailed description of the historicity of cinema display of Scandinavian society and the Vikings during the Viking age. It examines the extent to which the film displays are historically correct, whether there are overlaps in the way of the description of the character of the Vikings and whether there are common elements in different types of display. The first two chapters deal with defining historical film and they present basic problems that arise when filmmakers are interpreting history through film. The next three are concerned with the history of Scandinavian society during the Viking age. The next five chapters examine which social and scientific processes led to popularization of the character of the Vikings and the creation of stereotypes related with them.The following is a detailed analysis of three cinema displays or cinematographic views based on drama series The Vikings (2013) and two feature films-Northmen: A Viking Saga (2014) and Valhalla Rising (2009). The next chapter examines the problems faced by cinematic representations whose interpretations necessarily include fictional elements and what justifies their historicity. The dominant image of the Vikings as savages or heroes is revealed in conclusion.

Item Type: Diploma Thesis
Uncontrolled Keywords: historical movie, Middle Ages on film, Vikings, Viking age, historical accuracy, historical authenticity.
Subjects: History
Departments: Department of History
Supervisor: Gračanin, Hrvoje
Date Deposited: 25 Apr 2018 08:24
Last Modified: 25 Apr 2018 08:24

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