the Cinema of a Cultural Traveller
By (author) Ewa Mazierska
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Roman Polanski by Ewa Mazierska
Book DescriptionPolanski is one of the most talented and distinguished of modern film makers. A well-informed cultural traveller, interested in the position of the outsider, he is hard to pigeonhole: he moves easily between mass audience and art-house tastes, between settings and genres; his films, including 'Two Men and a Wardrobe', 'Cul de Sac', 'Rosemary?s Baby', 'The Pianist' and 'Oliver Twist', represent diverse characters and cinematic influences. Like a magpie, he?s interested in everything he encounters, but then easily discards his treasures and moves onward. Covering all Polanski?s films as director, this welcome book addresses the eclecticism, ambiguity and paradoxes of his cinema, while seeking out the common elements in his films. Ewa Mazierska examines the autobiographical effect of Polanski?s films, his characters and diverse narratives, and the place of absurdism, surrealism and the ?double life? of things in his cinema. She looks into the function of music, of religion, power, patriarchy and racism in the films, as well as Polanski?s literary adaptations and his use and subversion of film genres. Herself a Polish emigre, she uncovers Polanski's Polish roots and the extent of their influence on the cinema of this mercurial film maker, at large in the world.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781845112974
(234mm x 156mm x 18mm)
Publisher: I.B.Tauris & Co Ltd
Publish Date: 25-May-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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Work in Cinema, Hardback (December 2013)» View all books by Ewa Mazierska
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Author Biography - Ewa Mazierska
Ewa Mazierska is Reader in Contemporary Cinema at the University of Central Lancashire. She is co-author, with Laura Rascaroli of From Moscow to Madrid: European Cities and Postmodern Cinema (I.B. Tauris, 2003) and Crossing New Europe: The European Road Movie (2006), and with El bieta Ostrowska, Women in Polish Cinema (2006).
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