Polish cinema under the communist regime (1945-1989)

Gomolka, Anna (2007) Polish cinema under the communist regime (1945-1989). BA dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    The communist dictatorship in Poland had a profound effect on every aspect of the lives of the Polish people. One way in which this effect is most easily identifiable, is through the Polish cinema. The communist regime especially influenced the media, literature and arts, with strict censorship meaning that freedom of expression was limited. This affected the types of films that were made in Poland at the time, and shaped the contemporary Polish film industry. In this dissertation, I looked at this period in Polish history and its effect on the Polish film industry. I did this by studying the film industry historically, starting with the Polish Film School in the 1950s, then discussing the Cinema of Moral Concern of the 1970s and finally looking at the Americanisation of Polish cinema from the 1980s onwards. When discussing the previously mentioned film movements, I specifically focused on the works of Andrzej Wajda, Krzysztof Kieslowski and Juliusz Machulski. In order to examine these, I used secondary sources, and framed the outline of the Polish films industry with a background of historical and political issues, which informed the types of films made. In order to illustrate the themes and stylistic concerns of the cinema movements discussed, I studied three films in particular; Wajda's Ashes and Diamonds (1958), Kieslowski's Camera Buff (1978) and Machulski's King Size (1988).

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries > School of Media and Performing Arts
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 20 Jan 2011 12:47
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 11:13
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/272

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