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Realism or 'grotesque cliches'?: Jan Halldoff's The Corridor and the Swedish debate on abortion in the 1960s
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Department of Film and Literature. Uppsala University.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-9247-5510
2019 (English)In: Journal of Scandinavian Cinema, ISSN 2042-7891, E-ISSN 2042-7905, Vol. 9, no 1, p. 117-130Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Swedish filmmaker Jan Halldoff's fiction film Korridoren (The Corridor) premiered in 1968 to a mainly positive Swedish reception. Shot at Karolinska Hospital and criticizing the Swedish healthcare system, the film became much debated and can furthermore be seen as a turning point in Swedish film history regarding the portrayal of medical institutions and professionals. In this article, the film and its reception are analysed in relation to the Swedish debate on abortion at the time. While the film is clearly critical of Swedish welfare society, the way it depicts abortion is more conservative. Highlighting this as well as the role of actual medical professionals in the film, the article demonstrates how the film relates to representations of abortion in the past and discusses connections between the film industry and medicine at this historical moment.

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Intellect Ltd., 2019. Vol. 9, no 1, p. 117-130
Keywords [en]
The Corridor, Jan Halldoff abortion, Swedish cinema of the 1960s cinema and medicine foetal research
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Studies on Film
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Humanities, Film Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-81087DOI: 10.1386/jsca.9.1.117_1ISI: 000459829800011Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85064749289OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-81087DiVA, id: diva2:1296408
Available from: 2019-03-15 Created: 2019-03-15 Last updated: 2019-08-29Bibliographically approved

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