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Andrzej Wajda

History, Politics & Nostalgia In Polish Cinema

Janina Falkowska

352 pages, bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-84545-225-4 $120.00/£85.00 Hb Published (December 2006)

ISBN  978-1-84545-508-8 $34.95/£24.00 Pb Published (December 2007)

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Falkowska’s comprehensive survey of Wajda’s artistic evolution is a worthwhile addition to the growing critical literature on this exceptional filmmaker. In practical terms, the monographs is also useable as a textbook and…can serve as a point of departure for the continuing discourse von Andrzej Wajda and his films.”  ·  Slavic and East European Journal

“...a highly readable, jargon-free account of Wajda's life, education, formative experiences and, especially, his incredibly varied body of creative work…This is going to be the standard work in English on this important Polish film director. It does a good job of presenting Wajda to the English-speaking reader, and it should be purchased by any university library with a film-studies interest.”  ·  The Slavonic and East European Review

The work of Andrzej Wajda, one of the world’s most important filmmakers, shows remarkable cohesion in spite of the wide ranging scope of his films, as this study of his complete output of feature films shows. Not only do his films address crucial historical, social and political issues; the complexity of his work is reinforced by the incorporation of the elements of major film and art movements. It is the reworking of these different elements by Wajda, as the author shows, which give his films their unique visual and aural qualities.

Janina Falkowska is Professor in the Film Studies Department at the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario, Canada, specializing in East-Central European and Western European cinemas. Her publications include The Political Films of Andrzej Wajda (Berghahn Books 1996), National Cinemas in Postwar East-Central Europe (ed.), and, co-authored with Marek Haltof, The New Polish Cinema (Flicks Books 2003).

Subject: Film Studies
Area: Central/Eastern Europe

LC: PN1998.3.W34 F34 2007

BL: YC.2007.a.7211

BISAC: PER018000 PERFORMING ARTS/Individual Director

BIC: APFB Individual film directors, film-makers




Contents

Acknowledgements

Introduction: Andrzej Wajda: His Words and his Archives
Chapter 1. The Life and Times of Andrzej Wajda
Chapter 2. The Birth of a Master: Films of the Fifties
Chapter 3. Fight for Perfection: Films of the Sixties
Chapter 4. Between Politics and the Themes of Life and Death: Films of the Seventies
Chapter 5. Nostalgia and Remorse: Films of the Eighties
Chapter 6. Grande Finale: Films of the Nineties

Conclusion

Endnotes
Bibliography
Filmography
Prizes

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