Polish Postcommunist Cinema and the Neoliberal Order

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Ewa Mazierska

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Polish Postcommunist Cinema and the Neoliberal Order

This essay discusses three Polish films from the last 10 years: Bailiff (Komornik, 2005), directed by Feliks Falk, Edi (2002), directed by Piotr Trzaskalski, and Silesia, directed by Anna Kazejak-Dawid, which is the first part in the omnibus film Ode to Joy (Oda do radości, 2005) of which the two remaining parts were directed by Jan Komasa and Maciej Migas. The main methodological tools are the concepts of neoliberalism and bare life. The article argues that the fall of communism led to the neoliberalisation of Polish society and the production of bare life. The aforementioned films attest to these changes and offer an assessment of them which conveys a specific ideology. By focusing on the construction of their narratives and characters, the article attempts to establish its main features and offer its explanation.

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Mazierska, E. (2012). Polish Postcommunist Cinema and the Neoliberal Order. Images. The International Journal of European Film, Performing Arts and Audiovisual Communication, 11(20), 53-63. https://doi.org/10.14746/i.2012.20.04
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