Conference Contribution Details
Mandatory Fields
Seán Crosson
17th annual Irish Screen Studies Conference
Sport in European Cinema: ‘Play for the People Who’ve Accepted You’
Ulster University, Magee Campus (Derry),
Oral Presentation
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This paper provides an initial examination of the place of sport in European cinema. Sport cinema has been among the most enduring, popular, and critically acclaimed of genres within American cinema; however, limited research has been undertaken as yet of the European experience. Though a less prominent feature of European cinema, the European sports film has had a long history dating back to the earliest Lumière brothers productions. This paper provides some initial findings from an ongoing quantitative survey of European sport cinema being undertaken as part of the establishment of an online database on the subject. An overview of the historical development of sport in European film will be provided, with particular attention paid to a number of representative films in a variety of European contexts, including Nazi Germany, Franco’s Spain (where the distinctive Spanish sub-genre of ‘Kick Flicks’ emerged), and more recent co-productions The Keeper (2018) and The Racer (2020). As these films have responded to larger developments within specific European countries and the continent more broadly, they have served as a barometer of changing cultural values and concerns over the past century.
Publication Themes
Humanities in Context