Cinema of the GDR

2012, July 12, 3 p.m.
Cinema of the People’s Republic of Poland – the history that never happened
A lecture by Professor Tadeusz Lubelski

History can be read and interpreted in two ways, i.e. either by means of considering the events that did actually take place, or, alternatively, taking into account the ones that never happened. Such an approach was used by Professor Tadeusz Lubelski in his latest book. Thirteen essays included in Lubelski’s study discuss the movies which have never been filmed. Such a radical narrative may in fact be more accurate than a simple and straightforward analysis of existing cinematic achievements of the People’s Republic of Poland – the country of the so-called real socialism which exercised the power of strict censorship. However, such a position also encourages one to pose a number of questions: What would the body of works by celebrated directors and actors look like today? Would they be evaluated in the same fashion? What would the relations between Polish and foreign cinema look like?

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