Polish Film: A Twentieth Century History

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McFarland, Sep 11, 2009 - Performing Arts - 368 pages
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When the Lumičre brothers introduced the motion picture in 1895, Poland was a divided and suffering nation—yet Polish artists found their way into the new world of cinema. Boleslaw Matuszewski created his first documentary films in 1896, and Poland’s first movie house was established in 1908. Despite war and repression, Polish cinema continued to grow and to reach for artistic heights. The twentieth century closed with new challenges, but a new generation of Polish filmmakers stood ready to meet them. Here is a complete history of the Polish cinema through the end of the twentieth century, with special attention to political and economic contexts.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
I The Silent Era
7
Sound Films 19301940
63
III World War II and the Postwar Years
93
IV Renaissance
133
Filmography by Grayna Kudy
211
Notes on Title Translations
297
The Albany Catalogue Polish Films Passed Through the New York State Department of Education 19211965
311
Chapter Notes
325
Bibliography
330
Index
331
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Author and film historian Charles Ford lived in Poland and France and taught film history in France, Canada, and Spain. He died in Paris in 1989. The late Robert Hammond, was an author and film historian who taught cinema history in many institutions including Cornell and Harvard. He lived in Paris.

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