Monday, September 24, 2012

Interesting Talk on Law & Film

"From Cataclysm to Utopia ... Law, Film & Propaganda at the beginning of the Communist Poland," by Jaroslaw Kuisz a lecturer at Warsaw University and editor of the on-line journal Kultura Liberalna. As the title of his presentation suggests, Kuisz's talk was about the ideologically-determined reconstruction of the Polish film industry following World War II. Of course, film everywhere has been used as a propaganda device, especially during times of major political or military upheaval. In early communist Poland, film was used to sow pro-Soviet sentiment among Poland's post-war population, and inculcate notions of "Soviet legality" and "Soviet justice." Reflections of Nazi, Polish-Underground, and Soviet law ran as undercurrents throughout each of the films Kuisz discussed, which were made between 1947 and 1950.

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