If you are experiencing problems downloading PDF or HTML fulltext, our helpdesk recommend clearing your browser cache and trying again. If you need help in clearing your cache, please click here . Still need help? Email help@ingentaconnect.com

Dreaming, drifting, dying: The narrative inertia in Wojciech Has’s Lalka/The Doll (1968)

$18.00 plus tax (Refund Policy)

Buy Article:

Abstract:

This article examines various artistic strategies used by Wojciech Has in his adaptation of Bolesław Prus’s novel The Doll (1889) in order to establish a link between the formal aspects of the film and its narrative content, as these two work together towards a more general cultural diagnosis concerning modernity. The author analyses camera movement, mise-en-scène, editing, spatial and temporal structures, demonstrating how these devices block the process of narrative development. She argues that the visual and narrative strategies employed by Has proclaim a distrust towards any form of progress. Finally, she claims that Has’s deep and profound distrust of progressive change separates him from the dominant paradigm of Polish post-war cinema preoccupied with History conceived as a linear goal-oriented sequence of events.

Keywords: Polish cinema; Wojciech Jerzy Has; adaptation; narrative inertia; space; surrealism; tableau vivant; theatricality

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1386/seec.4.1.63_1

Affiliations: University of Alberta

Publication date: April 1, 2013

More about this publication?
  • In the years since the collapse of the Berlin Wall and the political changes of 1989/90, there has been a growing interest in the cinemas of the former countries of the Eastern Bloc. There is a growing community of scholars, including a number of students working for post-graduate qualifications, who are engaged with film but also media, culture, and art (of one form or another) from the region. This is not a community existing on the margins of academia but one which is nationally and internationally recognised for the centrality and high quality of its scholarship. Studies in Eastern European Cinema provides a dynamic, innovative, regular, specialised peer-reviewed academic outlet and discursive focus for the world-wide community of Eastern European film scholars, edited by a board of experienced, internationally recognised experts in the field.
  • Editorial Board
  • Information for Authors
  • Subscribe to this Title
  • ingentaconnect is not responsible for the content or availability of external websites
Related content

Tools

Favourites

Share Content

Access Key

Free Content
Free content
New Content
New content
Open Access Content
Open access content
Subscribed Content
Subscribed content
Free Trial Content
Free trial content
UA-1313315-26
Cookie Policy
X
Cookie Policy
ingentaconnect website makes use of cookies so as to keep track of data that you have filled in. I am Happy with this Find out more