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Polish Postcommunist Cinema

Mazierska, Ewa

Polish Postcommunist Cinema

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Series: New Studies in European Cinema - Volume 4

Year of Publication: 2007

Oxford, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, New York, Wien, 2007. 299 pp.
ISBN 978-3-03910-529-8 pb.  (Softcover)

Weight: 0.420 kg, 0.926 lbs

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Book synopsis

This book covers the history of Polish cinema from 1989 up to the present in a broad political and cultural context, looking at both the film industry and film artistry. It considers the main ideas behind the institutional changes in the Polish film industry after the collapse of communism and assesses how these ideas were implemented. In discussing artistry, the focus is on the genres which dominated the Polish cinematic landscape after 1989 and the most important directors.


Contents: Polish film industry after 1989 – Police/gangster film – Heritage cinema – Comedy – Biographical film and discourse on art on screen – New Cinema of Moral Concern – Women’s cinema – Marek Koterski – Jan Jakub Kolski – Jerzy Stuhr.

About the author(s)/editor(s)

The Author: Ewa Mazierska studied philosophy at Warsaw University and did her Ph.D. in Łódz University and is Reader in Contemporary Cinema, Department of Humanities, University of Central Lancashire. Her publications include Women in Polish Cinema (2006), Dreams and Diaries: The Cinema of Nanni Moretti (2004) and From Moscow to Madrid: Postmodern Cities, European Cinema (2003) (the last two co-authored with Laura Rascaroli). She also co-edited Relocating Britishness (2004).


«(...) ‘Polish Postcommunist Cinema’ is a great contribution to the field of film studies (...).» (Kamila Kuc, Studies in East European Cinema)
«Both for readers interested in contemporary Polish culture and for scholars and students of international cinema, Ewa Mazierska’s study is extremely valuable. [...] Mazierksa does an outstanding job of capturing both the works of the more exceptional individual directors and the emergence of important popular genres.» (Herbert J. Eagle, Slavonic and East European Review)
«Ewa Mazierska ist [der] Spagat zwischen nationaler Filmgeschichte und globalem Markt, zwischen filmästhetischer Analyse und diskursiver Einordnung der Filme meisterhaft gelungen.» (Schamma Schahadat, Osteuropa 62, 2012/5)


New Studies in European Cinema. Vol. 4
Edited by Wendy Everett and Axel Goodbody