Roman Polanski The Cinema of a Cultural Traveller

ISBN-10: 1845112970
ISBN-13: 9781845112974
Edition: 2007
Authors: Ewa Mazierska
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Description: Polanski is well known; the name of the director ofKnife in the Water,nbsp;Rosemary's Baby,ChinatownandThe Pianistnbsp; is recognised and respected internationally.nbsp; Yet even film critics find it difficult to say what a 'Polanski film' is.nbsp;  More...

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Book details

List price: $32.00
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: I. B. Tauris & Company, Limited
Publication date: 6/15/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 448
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

Polanski is well known; the name of the director ofKnife in the Water,nbsp;Rosemary's Baby,ChinatownandThe Pianistnbsp; is recognised and respected internationally.nbsp; Yet even film critics find it difficult to say what a 'Polanski film' is.nbsp; This welcome book unravels the meanings of Polanski's films, devoting each of its chapters to an important aspect: the autobiographical factor, characters and narratives, literary adaptations likeTessand the recentOliver Twist, Polanski's use of many genres, his music, represented ideology and so on.nbsp; In so doing, it uncovers both the common elements in his films and the ambiguities and paradoxes of his cinema. Ewa Mazierska reveals the essentials of Polanski the 'cinema kid', influenced by many people and movements, but like a magpie interested in everything that he encounters, moving easily between Europe and America, between low budget and big budget endeavours.nbsp; This book is the perfect introduction to Polanski's films and at the same time delves deep into their complexities - sharing a real joy in their riches.

Ewa Mazierska is Professor of Film Studies at the School of Journalism and Media, University of Central Lancashire. Her publications include European Cinema and Intertextuality: History, Memory, Politics (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011), Jerzy Skolimowski: The Cinema of a Nonconformist (Berghahn, 2010), Masculinities in Polish, Czech and Slovak Cinema (Berghahn, 2008) and with Laura Rascaroli, Crossing New Europe: The European Road Movie (Wallflower, 2006) and From Moscow to Madrid: Postmodern Cities, European Cinema (I.B. Tauris, 2003). She is principal editor of the journal Studies in Eastern European Cinema .

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgements
Introduction: An elusive filmmaker
The autobiographical effect in the cinema of Polanski
The absurd and how to deal with it: Narratives and characters in Polanski's films
Landscapes and inner sceneries: Recurring visual motifs of Polanski's films
All that jazz and noise: Music in Polanski's films
Trust yourself: Polanski's ideology
Adapt to survive and express oneself: Polanski's encounters with literature
Matrix or empty vessel: Polanski's uses of genre
Conclusion: The cinema of a cultural traveller
Filmography (with technical details and synopses)
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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