Dare to be Critical: Making Films in Poland Under Communism Control

Misiak, Anna (2011) Dare to be Critical: Making Films in Poland Under Communism Control. In: Screen Industries in East Central Europe, Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic.

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Anna Misiak painted a portrait of Polish censorship – with emphasis placed on the 1970s. While introducing the formal structure of the system (from pre-production to distribution license), she demonstrated its intrinsically flexible character as well as the negotiable and cyclical nature of control; the same point was also well demonstrated by Daniel Bird’s detailed case study of the troubled production history of Andrzej Żuławski’s NA SREBRNYM GLOBIE / ON THE SILVER GLOBE. Misiak’s paper showed convincingly that Polish censorship cannot be described in terms of a linear model of progress, i.e. in terms of change over decades from a rigid and strict structure to comparatively lenient forms of control.
Rather, argued Misiak, the situation is best perceived as a push-and-pull system characterized by cyclic change. What was particularly striking about this description was that similar claims could also have been made about the dynamics of Hungarian censorship, which to-date have been considered quite unique to Hungary – hence the image of the “happiest barrack in the Soviet bloc”.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Additional Information: An extensive review of the presentation can be found in an academic review published by Balazs Varga from the Hungarian Academy of Sciences: Balazs Varga (2011) 'Strengths, Limitations, Opportunities and Threats of New Research Agenda: Screen Industries in East-Central Europe Conference,Brno, 11–13 November 2011' in Iluminace,4(84), pp. 140-143. Print and also available at: http://www.cefs.cz/dokumenty/SIECE%202011%20review_Varga.pdf
Depositing User: Anna Misiak
Date Deposited: 06 Dec 2013 14:19
Last Modified: 13 Oct 2017 16:02
URI: http://repository.falmouth.ac.uk/id/eprint/75

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