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The 1960-s Jerzy Kawalerowicz
Polish Cinema in the 1960-s • Polish film export and international reputation grow. • Film periodicals appear (Kino, Kultura Filmowa, Kamera). • The Association of Polish Film-makers founded (1966). • Television films produced (ex., A stake Higher than Life, 1968).
Poland and Polish Cinema in the 1960-s • Andrzej Munk and Zbigniew Cybulski die. • The political crisis of 1968 (“March events”). Student riots and repressions against intellectuals. Mass emigration. • Re-evaluation of history; contemporary themes.
Jerzy Kawalerowicz (1922-2007) • Born in Ukraine, son of a postmaster. Had to go hiding during the Occupation under a false name. • Studied art in Kraków before graduating from Kraków film institute. • In 1955-1968, artistic director of the Kadr film production unit. • A major figure of the Polish Film School.
Jerzy Kawalerowicz • In 1962, a member of the jury at the Cannes Film Festival. • In 1968-1978, president of the Polish Film-Makers' Association. • In 1983, signed a report authorized by the Communist party denouncing film-makers who were supporters of the Solidarity movement. • Ostracized by his peers.
Kawalerowicz: His Major Films in the 1960s • Mother Joan of the Angels (Matka Joanna od Aniołów , 1961) won the Special Jury Prize at Cannes). Starring: Mieczysław Voit and Lucyna Winnicka. • Pharaoh (Faraon, 1966), after a novel of Bolesław Prus.