Polish Cinema Now!

Polish Cinema Now!

Mateusz Werner, edited by Mateusz Werner
Distribution: Global
Publication date: 12/22/2010
Format: Paperback 1 color illus., 11 b&w illus.
ISBN: 978-0-861-96691-2
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Polish cinema has exercised an independent voice for more than 20 years, challenging political censorship and breaking the old production monopoly of the previous communist government. During this time, Polish movie makers have enjoyed the same freedoms and possibilities as their French or German counterparts, producing 500 feature films and several thousand documentaries. These works are paradoxically less well known internationally than the Polish films made behind the "iron curtain"—when cultural exchange with the western world was controlled exclusively by communist authorities. Polish Cinema Now! facilitates the discovery of this relatively unknown group of works with 11 engaging essays by leading experts from both Poland and abroad. Richly illustrated, this book contains a two-DVD set of short films.

Author Bio

Mateusz Werner lectures at Cardinal Stefan Wyszynski University in Warsaw. He is editor of the journal Kronos; author of Wobec nihilizmu: Gombrowicz, Witkacy; and co-creator and host of the Polish public television programs The Picture Show and Half-Seriously.


“Polish Cinema Now! is a good source of information on Polish cinema...[T]hanks to the efforts of the editor and the contributors of Polish Cinema Now!, English-speaking readers will have much easier access to and a better appreciation of the newest phenomena in Polish cinema. ”
 — Slavic and East European Journal

“Richly illustrated, this book aims to facilitate the discovery of a relatively unknown group of works with 11 engaging essays by leading experts from both Poland and abroad.”

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