The Pattern of Co-Operation

Theodor Christensen, Denmark, 1952

23 min.DK/Documentary

The film describes the co-operative movement in Denmark and explains how it functions in practice in a range of important areas: production and export of agricultural produce, import, fabrication and distribution of farming equipment, fodder, and consumer goods. The film shows how a Danish farmer, Clausen, plays a part in the co-operative movement, which provides the commodities he needs and helps him to run his business and sell his agricultural produce. He himself is an element in the complex pattern that constitutes the co-operative movement of the time.
Basic information Credits Festivals & awards
Original title The Pattern of Co-Operation
Danish title The Pattern of Co-Operation
International titles Le mouvement cooperatif Danois, Ein Beispiel für Zusammenarbeit
Other titles Andelsfilmen, Danmarksfilm
Keywords The Danish cooporative movement, Farming, Dairies, Butcheries, Co-operative movement, The, Consumer coorporative, Retailing, Community, 1950-1959
Director Theodor Christensen
Screenplay Theodor Christensen, Finn Methling
Director of Photography Jørgen Skov
Composer Niels Viggo Bentzon
Production country Denmark
Production company Nordisk Film Junior
Domestic distribution Statens Filmcentral
International sales
Technical info 673 meter, 35 mm, Black/white, Sound
Comment This film has been described as Theodor Christensen's "Denmarksfilm" (a genre that depicts national culture and society at a particular point in time). This is because of references in the film to Poul Henningsen's film "Danmark" (1935), and also an article Theodor Christensen had written a few years earlier, in which he suggested that it would be possible to make a Denmarksfilm that focused on a specific subject: for example, the co-operative movement in Denmark (Source: Film 48 no. 4, June 1948 - "Problemet Danmarksfilm" [The Problem of the Denmarksfilm])
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Production company Nordisk Film Junior
Commissioned by Ministeriernes Filmudvalg
Domestic distribution Statens Filmcentral


Direction Theodor Christensen


Script Theodor Christensen
Script Finn Methling


Cinematography Jørgen Skov


Music Niels Viggo Bentzon

Visual effects

Graphic design: diagrams Bent Barfod

Other credits

Expert A. Axelsen Drejer


Voiceover John Arlott

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