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Warszawa w filmie czasów PRL – mit i prawda historyczna
Warsaw in the Film of the Polish People’s Republic Era – Myth

Author(s): Grażyna Szelągowska
Subject(s): Cultural Essay, Political Essay, Societal Essay
Published by: Wydawnictwa Uniwersytetu Warszawskiego
Keywords: miasto; socjologia miasta; miasto nowoczesne; miasto walczące; stolica; mit miasta; przestrzeń miejska; martylologia Warszawy; filmowa stolica;

Summary/Abstract: One of the most characteristic trains in the post-war Polish film was the mythologization of Warsaw. The myth of the capital referred to its heroic struggle during the occupation and after the October of 1956, and especially to the Warsaw Uprising. The films created an equally strong myth of a resuscitated city, its post-war reconstruction and the accompanying enthusiasm. The films of the social realism era, especially numerous comedies of manners, showed a colorful, fabulous and mythic Warsaw resembling a postcard. This tendendcy was alive until the middle of the seventies: the deepening crisis produced ever growing criticism visible in many films. In spite of the crisis, filmmakers showed Warsaw with sympathy or nostalgia by past Warsaw.

  • Issue Year: 429/2010
  • Issue No: 03
  • Page Range: 55-60
  • Page Count: 6
  • Language: Polish