The Red and the White: The Cinema of People's Poland

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The Red and the White: The Cinema of People's Poland takes a fascinating look at the history of Polish cinema from 1945 to 1989. Exploring how Poland was affected by the political, social and cultural upheavals throughout those eras. Poland has produced a number of successful and highly regarded directors. Paul Coates pays particular attention to the work of Krzysztof Kieslowski and Andrzej Wajda while placing them within the wider context of Polish cinema. This volume includes unique primary archival research ...

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Overview

The Red and the White: The Cinema of People's Poland takes a fascinating look at the history of Polish cinema from 1945 to 1989. Exploring how Poland was affected by the political, social and cultural upheavals throughout those eras. Poland has produced a number of successful and highly regarded directors. Paul Coates pays particular attention to the work of Krzysztof Kieslowski and Andrzej Wajda while placing them within the wider context of Polish cinema. This volume includes unique primary archival research into the role of state-sponsored censorship and coverage of Polish-Jewish representations in film. Films discussed include Europa, Europa, Eroica, Ashes and Diamonds, and Decalogue Eight.

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The Red and the White certainly offers a rich read for cinephiles, but it is also an ambitious attempt to understand the still underexplored psychological legacy of communism in Poland.

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The Red and the White certainly offers a rich read for cinephiles, but it is also an ambitious attempt to understand the still underexplored psychological legacy of communism in Poland.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781904764274
  • Publisher: Wallflower Press
  • Publication date: 6/7/2005
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Paul Coates is reader and director of the film studies department at the University of Aberdeen. His books include, The Story of the Lost Reflection: The Alienation of the Image in Western and Polish Cinema (1985) and Lucid Dreams: the Films of Krzysztof Kieslowski (1999).

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Table of Contents

1 Ashes and diamonds : between politics and aesthetics 16
2 Typical stories? : (socialist? realism?) 48
3 Censorship in a hall of mirrors 74
4 Heroism, masculinity, 'feminisation' and 'the Polish school' 116
5 Walls and frontiers : representing Polish-Jewish relations 155
6 Kieslowski, politics and the anti-politics of colour : from the 1970s to the Three colours trilogy 188
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