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Polish Cinema

A History

Marek Haltof

516 pages, 40 illus., bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-78533-972-1 $179.00/£132.00 / Hb / Published (October 2018)

ISBN  978-1-78533-974-5 $29.95/£23.95 / Pb / Published (October 2018)

eISBN 978-1-78533-973-8 eBook

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“This book is as much about the history of the Polish people as it is about Polish film history. Haltof makes a special effort to point out the non-derivative character and unique national flavor of Polish cinema. His analyses are lucid, engaging, and informed by both Polish and Western film scholarship. The narrative is interspersed with film stills that facilitate understanding of the discussed works.” • Choice

“Haltof’s book is comprehensive, reliable, and holistic in its approach. It delivers rich, basic information in ways that are both enjoyable and intelligible for foreign readers…a challenge to generations of young scholars of Polish film all over the world, who will continue to write their own histories, always quoting Haltof’s groundbreaking work as their locus of historical reference.” • Cineaste

“Marek Haltof is a genuine scholar, a historian who meticulously chronicles not only Polish film history, but all that has been written about it. The style of Polish Cinema: A History is both sophisticated and accessible. He is attentive to the details of motion pictures, able to discuss art films and genre movies with equal authority.” • Annette Insdorf, Columbia University and author of Intimations: The Cinema of Wojciech Has

PRAISE FOR THE FIRST EDITION (originally published as Polish National Cinema)

“Haltof's comprehensive, lucid, and refreshing critical history of Polish cinema significantly expands the existing literature on the topic in English… Essential for all serious libraries and very useful in the undergraduate or graduate classroom.” • Choice

“What makes Haltof's book so wonderful is that, like a great filmmaker, he uses his subject to craft a much deeper and complex story of the Polish people and their search for a national identity ... With clarity and fluidity he makes Poland come alive.” Film and History

“An informed and concise yet exhaustive account of Polish cinema.” Slavic Review


First published in 2002, Marek Haltof’s seminal volume was the first comprehensive English-language study of Polish cinema, providing a much-needed survey of one of Europe’s most distinguished—yet unjustly neglected—film cultures. Since then, seismic changes have reshaped Polish society, European politics, and the global film industry. This thoroughly revised and updated edition takes stock of these dramatic shifts to provide an essential account of Polish cinema from the nineteenth century to today, covering such renowned figures as Kieślowski, Skolimowski, and Wajda along with vastly expanded coverage of documentaries, animation, and television, all set against the backdrop of an ever-more transnational film culture.

Marek Haltof is a Professor at Northern Michigan University. His recent books include Screening Auschwitz: Wanda Jakubowska's The Last Stage and the Politics of Commemoration (2018), Historical Dictionary of Polish Cinema (second edition, 2015), and Polish Film and the Holocaust: Politics and Memory (2012).

Subject: Film and Television StudiesCultural Studies (General)History: 20th Century to Present
Area: Central/Eastern Europe


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