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How to be an actress (in Poland): The figure of the actress in Wojciech Jerzy Has’s How to be Loved (1962)

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This article interprets Wojciech Jerzy Has’s Jak być kochaną/How to be Loved (1962) as a film about the sociopolitical situation prevailing in Poland during the 1960s. The main focus is on the leading heroine and her acting, understood both as professional acting and acting in everyday life. The figure of the actress links the times before the war with the Soviet-influenced Poland of the 1960s. The article analyses this figure by drawing on Witold Gombrowicz’s writings on Polish collective identity, the ‘Stanislavskian aesthetic’ of acting and Judith Butler’s understanding of identity as performance.
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Keywords: Judith Butler; Witold Gombrowicz; Wojciech Jerzy Has; actress; film acting; performativity

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Jagiellonian University

Publication date: April 1, 2013

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