The Law of the Looking Glass: Cinema in Poland, 1896–1939 (Polish and Polish American Studies)

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The Law of the Looking Glass: Cinema in Poland, 1896 1939 reveals the complex relationship between nationhood, national language, and national cinema in Europe before World War II. Author Sheila Skaff describes how the major issues facing the region before World War I, from the relatively slow pace of modernization to the desire for national sovereignty, shaped local practices in film production, exhibition, and criticism. She goes on to analyze local film production, practices of spectatorship in large cities and small towns, clashes over language choice in intertitles, and controversy surrounding the first synchronized sound experiments before World War I. Skaff depicts the creation of a national film industry in the newly independent country, the golden years of the silent cinema, the transition from silent to sound film and debates in the press over this transition as well as the first Polish and Yiddish talkies.” She places particular importance on conflicts in majority-minority relations in the region and the types of collaboration that led to important films such as The Dybbuk and The Ghosts.

The Law of the Looking Glass: Cinema in Poland, 1896 1939 is the first comprehensive history of the country’s film industry before World War II. This history is characterized by alternating periods of multilingual, multiethnic production, on the one hand, and rejection of such inclusiveness, on the other. Through it all, however, runs a single unifying thread: an appreciation for visual imagery.

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About the Author:

Sheila Skaff is an assistant professor of film studies at the University of Texas at El Paso.

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The originality of the book lies in its treatment of Polish cinema prior to World War II, about which very little has been written. Moreover, the author draws on considerable research in Polish-language sources, including various film publications, which few scholars have examined.”
  Charles O’Brien, author of Cinema's Conversion to Sound: Technology and Film Style in France and the U.S.

The Law of the Looking Glass not only offers a comprehensive survey of film production during the period, but also examines it as a complex socio-cultural phenomenon that emerged and developed within specific political and historical circumstances. an invaluable source for anybody interested in both Polish cinema and early cinema more generally.”
The Polish Review

(Skaff) posits a cinema intent on transcending the ethnic divisions that marked interwar Poland. Her decision to pursue her emphasis on visuality in this direction yields a detailed, often eloquent and succinct summary and synthesis of current Polish-language research on early and interwar cinema.”
Slavic Review

The story Skaff has to tell is filled with fascinating details and interesting personalities; she tells the story well, with mastery, clarity, and wit.”
The Sarmatian Review

A remarkable collection of information on the progression of movies in the interwar years.”
Polish American Journal

Skaff demonstrates how film reflected the divisions in society, especially between Catholics and Jews but also how film makers of both faiths worked together using themes of cooperation. They also used fantasy themes, often from Yiddish literature, that struck a chord in the desperate years between the wars. The blend of artistic and social history is well done, of interest to film scholars and anyone studying Poland before the Nazi invasion.”
Book News, Inc.

The Law of the Looking Glass: Cinema in Poland, 1896 1939 offers a fresh perspective on early Polish cinema and challenges its conventional readings. Skaff combines original and up-to-date research with her knowledge of Polish cinema and Polish political and cultural contexts. This is a pioneering work.”
Marek Haltof, author of Polish National Cinema

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Descrizione libro Ohio University Press, United States, 2008. Hardback. Condizione libro: New. Language: English . Brand New Book. The Law of the Looking Glass: Cinema in Poland, 1896-1939 reveals the complex relationship between nationhood, national language, and national cinema in Europe before World War II. Author Sheila Skaff describes how the major issues facing the region before World War I, from the relatively slow pace of modernization to the desire for national sovereignty, shaped local practices in film production, exhibition, and criticism. She goes on to analyze local film production, practices of spectatorship in large cities and small towns, clashes over language choice in intertitles, and controversy surrounding the first synchronized sound experiments before World War I. Skaff depicts the creation of a national film industry in the newly independent country, the golden years of the silent cinema, the transition from silent to sound film - and debates in the press over this transition - as well as the first Polish and Yiddish talkies. She places particular importance on conflicts in majority-minority relations in the region and the types of collaboration that led to important films such as The Dybbuk and The Ghosts. The Law of the Looking Glass: Cinema in Poland, 1896-1939 is the first comprehensive history of the country s film industry before World War II. This history is characterized by alternating periods of multilingual, multiethnic production, on the one hand, and rejection of such inclusiveness, on the other. Through it all, however, runs a single unifying thread: an appreciation for visual imagery. Codice libro della libreria AAJ9780821417843

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Descrizione libro Ohio University Press. Hardback. Condizione libro: new. BRAND NEW, The Law of the Looking Glass: Cinema in Poland, 1896-1939, Sheila Skaff, John J. Bukowczyk, Polish cinema has produced some of Europe's finest directors, such as Krzysztof Kie'slowski, Roman Polanski, Andrzej Wajda, and Krzysztof Zanussi, but little is known about its origins at the turn of the twentieth century. In spite of poor technical quality, cinema was popular with the many ethnic groups in partition-era Poland. Filmmakers, producers, and intellectuals recognized the artistic potential of cinema, most notably the philosopher and avant-garde novelist Karol Irzykowski, who in 1922 wrote The Tenth Muse, a theoretical work of criticism of the new medium. In the early years of Polish cinema, films were shown in the cities and in smaller towns by traveling exhibitors. Sheila Skaff finds that an enduring appreciation for visual imagery is evident in every period of the history of cinema in Poland. She analyzes local film production, practices of spectatorship, clashes over language choice in intertitles, and the controversies surrounding the first synchronized sound experiments before World War I. Skaff discusses the creation of a national film industry in the newly independent country of the interwar years; silent cinema; the transition from silent to sound film, including the passionate debates in the press over the transition; and the first Polish and Yiddish "talkies." Yiddish films are among the most famous films in the interwar period, such as Michal Waszy'nski's Der dibuk in 1937, which depicted Jewish life and culture in Poland before the Holocaust. The Law of the Looking Glass places particular importance on conflicts in majority-minority relations in the region and the types of collaboration that led to important films such as Der dibuk. Codice libro della libreria B9780821417843

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