Slavic Languages and Literatures | Polish Film
P566 | ALL | Beinek
Kieslowski, Polanski, Wajda - these Polish directors have achieved
worldwide acclaim through their original ways of seeing the world
through the camera lens. But there is much more to explore in
post-war Polish cinema. Films from the 1950s-1970s represented the
experience of World War II and Stalinism; the "cinema of moral unrest"
focused on moral choices of an individual; the absurdity of everyday
life under communism led to the creation of many superb comedies
(Piwowski's "Cruise" and Bareja's "The Teddy Bear"), many of which
have become cult movies, still celebrated today. After the collapse
of communism in 1989, Polish cinema turned toward new topics
(homelessness, child abuse, drug culture) and genres (for example,
gangster movies). Once dominated by a handful of established
directors, Polish cinema today dazzles with young talents: Kolski,
Piekorz, Szumowska, Trzaskalski, Glinski, Dumala, and Fabicki.
A take-home midterm and a final.