1864: the critical reception of historical TV-drama



    The critical reception of Ole Bornedal’s television series 1864 has been relentless and confrontational.
    This is not, however, uncommon when
    it comes to historical fiction. But the scale and tone
    have been out of
    the ordinary. One important reason is that the TV series is
    funded by earmarked money
    directly from a political settlement. The debate was basically promoted by the broadcaster as well. Nevertheless,
    Danish film history is not
    without a precedent. Poul Henningsen’s controversial and
    disputed documentary Danmark (1935) was funded by
    the Danish Foreign Ministery and in its critical reception it has several similarities. Henningsen was among the first to promote
    cultural radicalism, while director Bornedal declares cultural radicalism dead
    in the light of the critical reception of the series. By way of classic
    formalistic concepts this paper will analyse the series’ politico-historical
    and nationalist context.

    Effektiv start/slut dato01/09/201431/08/2016


    • 1864
    • TV drama
    • media policy
    • production values