Holocaust Survivors. A Study on the Poetics of Documentary Films
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Hendrykowski, M. (2011). Holocaust Survivors. A Study on the Poetics of Documentary Films. Images. The International Journal of European Film, Performing Arts and Audiovisual Communication, 9(17-18), 29–52. https://doi.org/10.14746/i.2011.17.18.02


Holocaust Survivors. A Study on the Poetics of Documentary Films


The essential study written by Marek Hendrykowski is a compact and straightforward guide aimed at anyone coming to the subject for the first time or just looking to improve their knowledge about documentaries relating to Holocaust. The paper offers both skimming and in-depth analysis of seven outstanding works made in the period 1993-2008 focused on key-problems of their distinctly different poetics. Author assembles evidence from the documentary film production of the time to describe the structure of message exposed in its narration, particular catches and figures, methods of lighting, framing, and editing as well as the collective feelings and emotions generated by these films. Hendrykowski considers the basic difference and fundamental conflict between two ways of thinking about manipulation in moving pictures language which establishes viewers’s approach to using (or over-using) of various stylistic catches, patterns of composition and narrative figures in this kind of documentary and generally in movies. Marek Hendrykowski’s provocative and open-minded study brings methodological revision of this important question. It will appeal to a large readership of filmmakers, cinemagoers, students and research workers interested in documentary film.

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Kronika powstania w getcie warszawskim wg Marka Edelmana (Chronicles oj the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising according to Marek Edelman). Director: Jolanta Dylewska. Cinematography: Jolanta Dylewska. Production: Studio Filmowe Logos and Wytwórnia Filmów Dokumentalnych i Fabularnych, 1993.

Ocalona pamięta. (One Survivor Remembers). Director: Kary Antholis. Cinematography: Andrzej Jeziorek, Erich Roland. Production: Home Box Office with United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and Wentworth Films, Inc., 1995.

Pamiętam (I Remember). Director: Marcel Łoziński. Cinematogra¬phy: Andrzej Adamczak (Marsz Żywych, March of the Living) and Jacek Knopp as well as Piotr Augustynek, Yitzhak Gol, Jerzy Tabor, Robert Raplewski. Production: The Shoah Foundation oraz Heritage Films, 2001.

Wyspa Getto (The Ghetto Island). Director: Ewa Żmigrodzka, Krzysztof Zwoliński. Cinematography: Ryszard Janowski, Mikołaj Nesterowicz. Production: Agencja Produkcji Audycji Telewizyjnych for Polish Television, 2003.

Portrecista (The Portraitist). Director: Ireneusz Dobrowolski. Cinematography: Jacek Tuszakowski. Production: Grupa Filmowa Rekontrplan for Polish Television, 2005.

Chłopak i dziewczyna (A Boy and a Girl). Director: Sławomir Koehler. Cinematography: Tomasz Samosionek, Piotr Wejchert, Karol Kostrzewski. Production: Media Kontakt for Polish Television, 2005.

Radegast. Director: Borys Lankosz. Cinematography: Borys Lankosz, Karolina Pająk, Aleksander Ostrogski. Production: Grupa Filmowa Fargo for Polish Television, 2008.

Kronika powstania w getcie warszawskim wg Marka Edelmana, real. Jolanta Dylewska, 1993 Chronicles of the Ghetto Uprising in Warsaw according to Marek Edelman, directed by Jolanta Dylewska, 1993.

T. W. Adorno, Wychowanie po Oświęcimiu (Education after Auschwitz) in 1966 (translated by J. Zychowicz, „Znak” nr 285, 1978.