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Mapping the nation and the countryside in European ‘films of voyage’
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This chapter explores European 'films of voyage', a cinematic tradition that articulates, both narratively and visually, representations of the countryside with questions of boundaries and cultural diversity. In European 'films of voyage', the iconography of the countryside plays an important part in mapping the nation as a diverse rather than a homogenous cultural space. The chapter presents two case studies based upon a close analysis of two films: Voyage to the Beginning of the World and Ulysses' Gaze. On the one hand, Ulysses' Gaze relates to the ill-defined and transient Balkan space whose cartography has changed widely in an area where different ethnic groups and religions have mingled for many centuries. On the other, Voyage to the Beginning of the World relates to the Portuguese national space, where political borders have remained substantially unchanged since the late Middle Ages.

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