Freelance film curator Pamela Hutchinson interviews Scandinavian studies scholar Julie K. Allen about the life and work of silent film star Asta Nielsen, who made her debut in 1910 and was among the most acclaimed performers of her generation. Allen discusses her work on Nielsen, including the translation of the actor’s memoir into English for the first time: The Silent Muse (Rochester, NY: Camden House 2022). The conversation covers Nielsen’s most famous roles, her global reception, and her enduring importance to queer audiences.
How Asta Nielsen Transformed the Screen: Film Historian Julie K. Allen in Conversation
Pamela Hutchinson is a freelance critic, curator, and film historian, based on the south coast of England. She writes for Sight and Sound, Criterion, Indicator, the Guardian, and Empire, and she regularly appears on BBC radio. She also edits Sight and Sound’s Weekly Film Bulletin. Her publications include BFI Film Classics on The Red Shoes (forthcoming) and Pandora’s Box as well as essays in several edited collections, mostly on silent film. She has curated film seasons including Asta Nielsen: In the Eyes of a Silent Star for BFI Southbank. Her website, SilentLondon.co.uk, is devoted to silent cinema.
Pamela Hutchinson; How Asta Nielsen Transformed the Screen: Film Historian Julie K. Allen in Conversation. Feminist Media Histories 1 April 2023; 9 (2): 131–143. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/fmh.2023.9.2.131
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