Polish Cinema in a Transnational Context

March 2014
26 black and white illustrations
342 pages
9x6 in
Rochester Studies in East and Central Europe
ISBN: 9781580464680
Format: Hardback
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University of Rochester Press
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Polish Cinema in a Transnational Context

Edited by Ewa Mazierska, Michael Goddard

This volume introduces a novel treatment of Polish cinema by discussing its international reception, performance, co-productions, and subversive émigré auteurs, such as Andrzej Zulawski and Walerian Borowczyk.
The opening up of Poland economically and politically to global influences after the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, coupled with the rise of transnational approaches to the study of film, presents ideal conditions for examining Polish cinema from a transnational vantage point. Yet not only have studies of Polish cinema remained largely within a national framework but Polish cinema, as well as many other Eastern European cinemas, has been virtually excluded from new research in transnational cinema.
Polish Cinema in a Transnational Context addresses this lacuna in film studies, offering extended analysis of this national cinema's global influence. Contributors assess the reception of Polish films in Europe and North America, Polish international coproductions, the presence of Polish performers in foreign films, and the works of subversive émigré auteurs like Andrzej Zulawski and Walerian Borowczyk. The collection presents familiar films and filmmakers in a new and revealing light, while also focusing on lesser-known filmmakers and aspects of Polish cinema. The resulting volume moves the discussion beyond the border of Polish national belonging.

Contributors: Peter Hames, Darragh O'Donoghue, Helena Goscilo, Dorota Ostrowska, Charlotte Govaert, Eva Näripea, Izabela Kalinowska, Ewa Mazierska, Alison Smith, Lars Kristensen, Jonathan Owen, Michael Goddard, Robert Murphy, Kamila Kuc, Elzbieta Ostrowska

Ewa Mazierska is professor of film studies at the University of Central Lancashire. Michael Goddard is senior lecturer in media at the University of Salford.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Polish Cinema beyond Polish Borders
West of the East: Polish and Eastern European Film in the United Kingdom
The Shifting British Reception of Wajda's Work from Man of Marble to Katyn
Affluent Viewers as Global Provincials: The American Reception of Polish Cinema
Polish Films at the Venice and Cannes Film Festivals: The 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s
How Polish Is Polish? Silver City and the National Identity of Documentary Film
Postcolonial Heterotopias: A Paracinematic Reading of Marek Piestrak's Estonian Coproductions
Poland-Russia: Coproductions, Collaborations, Exchanges
Train to Hollywood: Polish Actresses in Foreign Films
Polish Performance in French Space: Jerzy Radziwilowicz a Transnational Actor
Polish Actor-Directors Playing Russians:Skolimowski and Stuhr
An Island Near the Left Bank: Walerian Borowczyk as a French Left Bank Filmmaker
Beyond Polish Moral Realism: The Subversive Cinema ofAndrzej Zulawskii
Polanski and Skolimowski in Swinging London
The Elusive Trap of Freedom? Krzysztof Zanussi's International Coproductions
Agnieszka Holland's Transnational Nomadism
Selected Bibliography
List of Contributors


[T]his volume is an excellent start to tracing the history of Polish cinema . from a transnational perspective. As Mazierska and Goddard point out, seminal books on the topic of transnational cinema rarely include chapters on Eastern Europe . This volume begins to rectify this omission and therefore represents an important contribution to transnational film studies. SLAVIC AND EASTERN EUROPEAN JOURNAL The book edited by Ewa Mazierska and Michael Goddard is one of the most interesting publications on Polish cinema in recent years, and it opens a new methodological horizon for our research. THE POLISH REVIEW

This interesting and lively book identifies and fills a gap in the study of cinema in general and Polish cinema in particular: that of Polish cinema's transnational dimension. Consideration of the long-standing relevance of transnationalism to this important cinematic tradition is overdue. --Paul Coates, professor of film studies, University of Western Ontario

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