Roman Polanski: The Cinema of a Cultural Traveller

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I.B.Tauris, Jun 15, 2007 - Biography & Autobiography - 230 pages
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Polanski is well known; the name of the director of Knife in the WaterRosemary's Baby, Chinatown and The Pianist  is recognised and respected internationally.  Yet even film critics find it difficult to say what a 'Polanski film' is.  This welcome book unravels the meanings of Polanski's films, devoting each of its chapters to an important aspect: the autobiographical factor, characters and narratives, literary adaptations like Tess and the recent Oliver Twist, Polanski's use of many genres, his music, represented ideology and so on.  In so doing, it uncovers both the common elements in his films and the ambiguities and paradoxes of his cinema. Ewa Mazierska reveals the essentials of Polanski the 'cinema kid', influenced by many people and movements, but like a magpie interested in everything that he encounters, moving easily between Europe and America, between low budget and big budget endeavours.  This book is the perfect introduction to Polanski's films and at the same time delves deep into their complexities - sharing a real joy in their riches.
 

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Contents

The autobiographical effect in the cinema of Polanski
7
Narratives
24
Recurring visual
50
Music in Polanskis films
91
Polanskis ideology
115
Polanskis
138
Nastassia Kinski in Tess 1979
146
Jon Finch and Francesca Annis in Macbeth 1971
148
Roman Polanski in Dance of the Vampires 1967
171
Mia Farrow in Rosemarys Baby 1968
172
Jack Nicholson and Faye Dunaway in Chinatown 1974
175
Lionel Stander and Jack MacGowran in CuldeSac 1966
184
The cinema of a cultural traveller
187
Filmography with technical details and synopses
193
Notes
213
Index
225

Barney Clark in Oliver Twist 2005
160
Polanskis uses of genre
163

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About the author (2007)

Ewa Mazierska is Senior Lecturer in Film and Media Studies, Central Lancashire University.  She is co-author, with Laura Rascaroli of From Moscow to Madrid (I.B. Tauris) and Dreams and Diaries: The Cinema of Nanni Moretti (Wallflower).

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