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Boro, L'Île d'Amour
The Films of Walerian Borowczyk
Edited by Kamila Kuc, Kuba Mikurda, and Michał Oleszczyk
210 pages, 13 illus., bibliog., index
ISBN 978-1-78238-701-5 $120.00/£85.00 Hb Published (August 2015)
eISBN 978-1-78238-702-2 eBook
“The contributors to this collection use new archival sources to provide a comprehensive map of Boro’s career and to reestablish his place in the history of Polish and European avant-garde and art cinema. All the essays are well informed and clearly written; collectively, they provide valuable insights into Boro's often puzzling, sometimes scandalous motivations and productions.” · Choice
“…a thought-provoking collection of different essays commenting on the life and films of a renowned Polish film director, Walerian Borowczyk… One of the strengths of this book is that the authors of the essays link Borowczyk’s artistic output with the social and artistic environment of Poland in which he grew up, and of France, where he spent most of his adult life.” · Slavic Review
There has been a recent revival of interest in the work of Polish film director Walerian Borowczyk, a label-defying auteur and “escape artist” if there ever was one. This collection serves as an introduction and a guide to Borowczyk’s complex and ambiguous body of work, including panoramic views of the director’s output, focused studies of particular movies, and more personal, impressionistic pieces. Taken together, these contributions comprise a wide-ranging survey that is markedly experimental in character, allowing scholars to gain insight into previously unnoticed aspects of Borowczyk’s oeuvre.
Kamila Kuc is Post-doctoral Researcher in New Media at and Goldsmiths College, University of London, as well as a writer, curator, and experimental filmmaker. Her most recent publication is The Struggle for Form: Perspectives on Polish Avant-Garde Film 1916–1989 (Wallflower Press, 2014), co-edited with Michael O’Pray.
Kuba Mikurda teaches at the Film School in Łódź, Poland, and is a film critic, curator, and broadcaster. He is series editor of “Linia Filmowa” for Korporacja Ha!art Press, with whom he recently published Corpus Delicti in collaboration with Jakub Woynarowski (2013). He is currently working on a documentary film about Walerian Borowczyk.
Michał Oleszczyk is the artistic director of the Gdynia Film Festival, as well as programmer for Polish Filmmakers NYC, a New York based organization devoted to promoting Polish cinema in the U.S. He also works as a film critic, scholar, and translator.
Subject: Film Studies
Area: Central/Eastern Europe
List of Illustrations
Introduction: A Private Universe
Kamila Kuc, Kuba Mikurda, Michał Oleszczyk
Chapter 1. Boro: Escape Artist
Chapter 2. Borowczyk’s Kunstkamera
Chapter 3. Animated Bodies: A Conversation Between Kuba Mikurda and Jakub Woynarowski
Chapter 4. Cruel Imagination: Borowczyk’s Post-Traumatic Surrealism
Chapter 5. The Postcard Never Sent: Guy de Maupassant and Rosalie Prudent’s Cinematic Confession
Chapter 6. Boro: The Guide for the Perplexed
Fernando F. Croce
Chapter 7. Borowczyk’s Serial Labyrinth: From Goto, Isle of Love (1968) to Behind Convent Walls (1977)
Chapter 8. Immoral Toys: On Borowczyk’s A Private Collection (1974)
Chapter 9. The Beast with Two Backs: On Borowczyk’s The Beast (1975)
Chapter 10. Laughter in the Doll House: On Victorian Surrealism in Walerian Borowczyk’s Films
Chapter 11. Enjoying Excess: A Bataillean Interpretation of Story of Sin (1975) by Walerian Borowczyk and Stefan Żeromski
Chapter 12. The Beach, the Bubble and the Boudoir: The Meeting-Spaces of Walerian Borowczyk and André Pieyre de Mandiargues
Chapter 13. Sex & the Sacred: The Obstacles to Desire Becoming its Objects
Chapter 14. Reflecting on The Strange Case of Doctor Jekyll and Miss Osbourne (1981)
Chapter 15. The Perils of Emmanuelle: A Conversation between Simon Abrams, Odie Henderson, and Michał Oleszczyk
Chapter 16. Revisiting Love Rites (1988)
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