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Economy, Work, Consumption and Social Class in Polish Cinema
346 pages, 28 illus., bibliog., index
ISBN 978-1-78533-536-5 $130.00/£92.00 Hb Published (June 2017)
eISBN 978-1-78533-537-2 eBook
“Mazierska offers an extensively contextualized, behind-the-scenes mini-history of Polish films from the 1920s to the present… The bibliography is excellent, demonstrating the author's command of the secondary sources, including historical and economic overviews and film reviews. Recommended.” • Choice
“…a valuable contribution to current research on Polish and Eastern Middle-European film…a standard work for the representation of every-day life in Polish film during the last 100 years…Her approach, based consistently on Marxist categories when examining the reproduction of every-day life, turns her analysis into an extremely interesting work not only for film specialists but also for readers from other disciplines.” • Journal of East Central European Studies
“The author offers an informative study that deals with numerous films, set in a clear, historical context. It will be a valuable contribution to teaching at non-Polish universities because only few English-language works on Polish cinema exist, which discuss films beyond the established canon.” • Sehepunkte
Like many Eastern European countries, Poland has seen a succession of divergent economic and political regimes over the last century, from prewar “embedded liberalism,” through the state socialism of the Soviet era, to the present neoliberal moment. Its cinema has been inflected by these changing historical circumstances, both mirroring and resisting them. This volume is the first to analyze the entirety of the nation’s film history—from the reemergence of an independent Poland in 1918 to the present day—through the lenses of political economy and social class, showing how Polish cinema documented ordinary life while bearing the hallmarks of specific ideologies.
Ewa Mazierska is Professor of Film Studies at the University of Central Lancashire. She has published over twenty books on film and popular music, including From Self-Fulfillment to Survival of the Fittest: Work in European Cinema from the 1960s to the Present (2015), Marxism and Film Activism (2015), and European Cinema and Intertextuality: History, Memory, Politics (2011). She is principal editor of the journal Studies in Eastern European Cinema.
Subject: Film Studies 20th Century History Economic History
Area: Central/Eastern Europe
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PART I: INTERWAR CINEMA: STRIVING FOR SOCIAL PROMOTION
Chapter 1. The 1920s: The Cult of the Body and the Machine
Chapter 2. The 1930s: The Beauty and Sadness of the Room at the Top
PART II: THE CINEMA IN PEOPLE'S POLAND: TAKING A GREAT LEAP
Chapter 3. The 1950s: Holy Work?
Chapter 4. The 1960s: Industrial Expansion and Small Stabilization
Chapter 5. The 1970s: Bad Work and Good Life
Chapter 6. The 1980s: Between Refusal to Work and Alienation of Labour
PART III: POSTCOMMUNIST CINEMA: FROM TRIUMPHANT NEOLIBERALISM TO ACCUMULATION BY DISPOSSESSION
Chapter 7. The 1990s: Heroic Neoliberalism or Everybody Can Be a Winner
Chapter 8. The 2000s and Beyond: Accumulation by Dispossession
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