In 1989, the year communism collapsed, critical realist cinema and escapist popular entertainment dominated Polish movie screens. A visiting film studies teacher will use these film clips to examine the changing dynamic between them and, in doing so, explain the reasons for the collapse and what happened in eastern Europe afterward.
Izabela Kalinowska, associate professor of Slavic Languages and Film Studies at State University College at Stony Brook, will present “Communism on the Edge: 1989 in Polish Cinema,” at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 1 in Stern 103.
Kalinowska received her M.A. in English philology from the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan, Poland; and her Ph.D. in Slavic literatures from Yale University. She specializes in Polish and Russian 19th-century literatures, and East-Central European cinema. Kalinowska teaches courses in film studies, cultural studies, and literature.
Her book, “Between East and West: Polish and Russian Nineteenth-Century Travel to the Orient,” was published by the University of Rochester Press in 2004.
This talk, free and open to all, is presented by the International Relations Program and the Russian Area Studies Program.