Polish Migrants in European Film 1918-2017

Voorkant
Springer, 2019 - 294 pagina's
This study explores the representation of international migration on screen and how it has gained prominence and salience in European filmmaking over the past 100 years. Using Polish migration as a key example due to its long-standing cultural resonance across the continent, this book moves beyond a director-oriented approach and beyond the dominant focus on postcolonial migrant cinemas. It succeeds in being both transnational and longitudinal by including a diverse corpus of more than 150 films from some twenty different countries, of which Roman Pola‚nski's The Tenant, Jean-Luc Godard's Passion and Krzysztof Kie‚slowski's Trois couleurs: Blanc are the best-known examples. Engaging with contemporary debates on modernisation and Europeanisation, the author proposes the notion of "close Otherness" to delineate the liminal position of fictional characters with a Polish background. Polish Migrants in European Film 1918-2017 takes the reader through a wide range of genres, from interwar musicals to Cold War defection films; from communist-era exile right up to the contemporary moment. It is suitable for scholars interested in European or Slavic studies, as well as anyone who is interested in topics such as identity construction, ethnic representation, East-West cultural exchanges and transnationalism. .
 

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Poles of Attraction
1
The Cultural Meanings and the Spatiotemporal Dynamics of Migration in the Modern Age
19
Staging Expatriates in Interwar Cinema 19181939
37
Polish Characters in Wartime and Cold War Film 19401980
69
Polish Immigrants in Late Cold War Film 19801989
117
Polish Migrants in PostCommunist Film 19902004
159
Chapter 7 Modernisation Through Europeanisation? Polish Free Movers in Postenlargement Film 20052017
205
The Great Emigrations Revisited
255
Filmography 19182017
265
Index
273
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