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Amidst the Wonders of the City: Countenances of Moscow in Barbara Włodarczyk’s “Wide Tracks”
Amidst the Wonders of the City: Countenances of Moscow in Barbara Włodarczyk’s “Wide Tracks”

Author(s): Monika Kowalczyk-Piaseczna
Subject(s): Social Sciences, Language and Literature Studies, Fine Arts / Performing Arts, Studies of Literature, Sociology, Comparative Study of Literature, Rural and urban sociology, Film / Cinema / Cinematography, Theory of Literature
Published by: Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Śląskiego
Keywords: reportage; Moscow; wonder; city; countenance
Summary/Abstract: The article analyses the various countenances of Moscow which have been presented by Barbara Włodarczyk in the cycle of television reportages “Wide Tracks”. The text focuses on illustrating the specific features of a film report that allow its author to present the wondrous picture of the Russian capital emerging from the particular fragments of the discussed reportages. Moreover, as a result of juxtaposition of the reports from that part of the city, which overwhelms one with its richness and splendour, with the accounts from these corners of Moscow in which the continuous struggle for survival takes place, the article examines the internal contradictions which may be observed within the depicted urban space. The analysed cycle also exposes the series of political conflicts which undermine the immaculate image of Moscow as a wondrous city, presented by some of the characters of the discussed film pictures, and simultaneously, it allows one to discover some new, less known countenances of the metropolis.

  • Page Range: 125-154
  • Page Count: 30
  • Publication Year: 2015
  • Language: English