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Metodologiczne problemy badania kina PRL-u
Methodological Problems in Researching the Cinema of the Polish People's Republic Era

Author(s): Krzysztof Kornacki, Piotr Zwierzchowski
Subject(s): Theatre, Dance, Performing Arts
Published by: Instytut Sztuki Polskiej Akademii Nauk
Keywords: Polish cinema; PRL

Summary/Abstract: The article consists of two parts: a diagnosis of the current state of research on the cinema of the socialist period, and a postulate. According to the authors Polish film historiography focuses mainly on the aesthetic aspect (the description of the work of film directors recognised as authors and artists dominates). Referring to the methodological assumptions of the new historicism and New Cinema History, the authors express concern caused by a lack of historism in the historiography of cinema of the socialist era. They therefore suggest “a return to the source”, that is the archives; a certain restrain in one’s interpretative ambitions, thorough research allowing the description of specific film projects in relation to their economic, social and political context; research on the culture of production in Polish cinema; research of film paratexts (stills, posters, trailers, movie advertising, etc.) and marginalised phenomena (such as educational cinema or “Polish school of dubbing”) and research on film reception (both audience and written film reviews).

  • Issue Year: 2014
  • Issue No: 85
  • Page Range: 28-39
  • Page Count: 12
  • Language: Polish