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Adam Price: The chef
who cooked up Borgen
Price is a member of the Danish Gastronomic Academy, and together with his brother James he starred in the reality series Spise med Price (Eat with the Prices) from 2008 through 2011. Source.
German tv is experiencing an all-times high with producing BBC standard documentaries. It sharpens the citizens view on transformation and the requirement of self-actualisation.
What made American TV stand out after 9/11? The transformation from action-driven tv to human interaction driven tv.
“The West Wing is about a football team all playing for the president; Borgen is about characters standing on each column of modern democracy and actually working against each other,” says Adam Price.
Learnings in digital confirm the notion. We no longer depend on consensus among like minded people but get by working against each other. A miracle.
“Things that really mean
something take time”
Birgitte Nyborg Christensen with Bent Sejrø. Source.
Measured against English-language shows about politics, “Borgen” is kinetic and lean. The Aaron Sorkin-penned “West Wing” and especially “The Newsroom” are preachy and stolid in comparison. The oily acting in the U.S. version of “House of Cards” is cloyingly theatrical in the light of the Danish show’s young and naturalistic casting. The British satire “The Thick of It” is the closest comparison in the sense of dramatizing the interlocking worlds of media and politics, but “Borgen” has much more heart than the cynical UK show.
Although “Borgen” has been championed by some members of the U.S. cultural intelligentsia, and its gender politics has drawn the attention of at least one political scientist, widespread distribution in the United States has been stymied by a feeling that mainstream America will not stomach reading its television. This is a shame: One becomes quickly accustomed to the subtitles, and the show is genuinely warm and funny, not least when the effortlessly bilingual Danes drop in the unexpected English word here and there, often a curse and sometimes a telling import such as “spin doctor.”
“In Brussels, no one
can hear you scream.”
Kasper Juul with gf Katrine Fønsmark portrayed by Birgitte Hjort Sørensen, the Danish Scarlett Johansson. Source.
Subtitled or not, the show often got belly laughs from this viewer, most memorably when Nyborg’s aide Kasper Juul explains the rationale for shipping off a troublesome politician to a European Union post: “In Brussels, no one can hear you scream.”
As much as we enjoy US tv-series, Danish series such as Borgen or The Killing have introduced a new aesthetic to film making. Both, in a more sophisticated portrayal of what we may perceive as real and accepting what is. Borgen dissolves global frustration with politics, education and economy into acceptance of what is as long as its documentary proves it to be manageable.
Torben Friis (Søren Malling) is a great character to follow, possibly closest to our own professional career, which we may want to follow more closely.
Laura Christensen, Nyborg’s daughter with a stellar performance on what it’s like to suffer psychological distress.
Always a pleasure to watch Svend Åge. He picks up a little pig and clips off its tail with wire cutters. To insist, that its all forgiven and forgotten already and the piglet is fine with its bloody truncated tail. The piglet seems fine and doesn’t squeak.
Allow me to mention that Switzerland has long passed a law forbidding tail docking in hog operations. Oh dear.