Historical Dictionary of Polish Cinema by Marek HaltofHistorical Dictionary of Polish Cinema by Marek Haltof

Historical Dictionary of Polish Cinema

byMarek Haltof

Hardcover | September 19, 2007

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In 1902, scientist and inventor Kazimierz Prószynski made the first Polish narrative film, The Return of a Merry Fellow (Powrót Birbanta). Since then, the Polish film industry has produced a diverse body of work, ranging from patriotic melodramas and epic adaptations of the national literary canon to Yiddish cinema and films portraying the corrupted side of communism. Poland has produced several internationally known films, including Andrzej Wajda's war trilogy, A Generation (1955), Kanal (1957), and Ashes and Diamonds (1958), Roman Polanski's Knife in the Water (1962), and Andrzej Munk's The Passenger (1963). Often performing specific political and cultural duties for their nation, Polish filmmakers were well aware of their role as educators, entertainers, social activists, and political leaders. The Historical Dictionary of Polish Cinema fills the gap in film scholarship, presenting an extensive factual survey of Polish film. Through its chronology, introductory essay, appendixes, bibliography, and cross-referenced dictionary entries on films, directors, actors, producers, and film institutions, a balanced picture of the richness of Polish cinema is presented. Readers with professional interest in cinema will welcome this new work, which would be useful for any senior undergraduate or post-graduate courses in film studies.
Marek Haltof is Professor of Film in the English Department at Northern Michigan University in Marquette. His recent books include The Cinema of Krzysztof Kieslowski: Variations on Destiny and Chance (2004), Polish National Cinema (2002), and Australian Cinema: The Screen Construction of Australia (2005, in Polish).
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Title:Historical Dictionary of Polish CinemaFormat:HardcoverDimensions:320 pages, 8.81 × 5.92 × 1.04 inPublished:September 19, 2007Publisher:Scarecrow PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0810855666

ISBN - 13:9780810855663

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Table of Contents

Part 1 Editor's Foreword Part 2 Preface Part 3 Acknowledgments Part 4 Reader's Note Part 5 List of Acronyms and Abbreviations Part 6 Chronology Part 7 Introduction Part 8 THE DICTIONARY Part 9 Appendix A: Fifty Biggest Box-Office Hits on Polish Screens from 1945 to 2000 Part 10 Appendix B: Twenty Best Polish Television Films Part 11 Bibliography Part 12 About the Author

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Very well done and quite informative....Recommended....A useful resource for anyone involved in the film industry.