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Popular Cinemas in East Central Europe


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1. INTRODUCTION2. Producing the Popular Chapter 1: How to be loved? Three takes on 'the popular' in socialist and nonsocialist cinema (Paul Coates) Chapter 2: Postwar Czechoslovak Comedy, the Autonomization of Parody, and Lemonade Joe (1964) (Petr Szczepanik)Chapter 3: The Czechoslovak-East German Co-Production Three Nuts for Cinderella - A Transnational Tale (Pavel Skopal)Chapter 4: Hollywood's factor in the most popular Hungarian films of the 1996-2014 period: when a small postcommunist cinema meets a mainstream one (Andrea Virginas)Chapter 5: Serial Nostagia: On Alternative Modes of Popular Cinema in Post-89 Czech Production (Francesco Pitassio)3. Genre: Chapter 6: Czech Historical Film and Historical Traditions: The Merry Wives (1938) (Ivan Klimes)Chapter 7: Transformations: Hungarian Popular Cinema in the 1950s (Balazs Varga)Chapter 8: Poland's Wild West and East: Polish Westerns of the 1960s (Mikolaj Kunicki)Chapter 9: The Paradox of Popularity: The Case of Crime Movie with Socialism in Hungary (Gabor Gelencser)Chapter 10: Film in Full Gallop: Aesthetics and the Equine in Poland's Epic Cinema (Matilda Mroz)Chapter 11: The Power of Love: Polish Postcommunist Popular Cinema (Elzbieta Ostrowska)Chapter 12: When Walls Fall: Families in Hungarian Films of the New Europe (Clara Orban)4. Stardom, Exhibition, and Reception:Chapter 13: Starlets and heartthrobs: the Hungarian cinema of the interwar period (Zsuzanna Varga) Chapter 14: Stripping of his charms: The stability and transformation of Oldrich Novy's star image 1936-1955 (Sarka Gmiterkova)Chapter 15: "Humanist Screens": Foreign Cinema in Socialist Poland (1945-1956) (Dorota Ostrowska)Chapter 16: The Exhibition of Popular Cinema in the Czech Republic and Slovakia After 1989 within the Context of the European Union (Jan Hanzlik)

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The leading account of Central Eastern European popular cinemas, providing a historical and a contemporary perspective on Hungarian, Polish and Czech/Czechoslovakian mainstream cinemas before, during and after the socialist period.

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Zsuzsanna Varga teaches Hungarian studies at the University of Glasgow. Her research interests include comparative literature and film studies. She has written numerous articles and book chapters on Central European TV, and Hungarian, Portuguese, and Scottish literature. Francesco Pitassio is the associate professor of film studies at the University of Udine in Italy. His main research interests are Italian cinema, Czech cinema, film performance and stardom, and film theory. His publications include Il cinema neorealista (with Paolo Noto) (2010) and Attore/Divo (2003). Dorota Ostrowska is a senior lecturer in film and modern media at Birkbeck College, University of London. She publishes in the areas of European film and television studies, film festival studies, and the history of film and media production. Her publications include Reading the French New Wave: Critics, Writers and Art Cinema in France (2008) and European Cinemas in the TV Age (with Graham Roberts) (2007).


'Yes, there was popular cinema in the Eastern bloc. Contrary to what some believe: we were not raised on a diet of Soviet war movies. This book tackles the socio-cultural factors that allowed for the continued development of comedies, crime films, sci-fi, rom-coms and other genres across the region, marking 80 years of film history.' - Dina Iordanova, University of St Andrews, `Popular Cinemas in East Central Europe definitively shows that "popular cinema did exist before, during and after socialism." This carefully researched volume has taken a major step towards recovering the long-submerged popular register of cinema and demonstrating the popular's potential to challenge entrenched assumptions about (post)socialist cultures.' - Aniko Imre, University of Southern California, `Written by established scholars, as well as rising stars, this volume demonstrates the richness of Eastern European cinema, which traditionally has been reduced to the work of a handful of auteurs. It considers the popular cinema of East-Central Europe from the post-WWI period to contemporary times, tackling it from a range of perspectives, such as production, stars, genres, exhibition and reception.' - Ewa Mazierska, University of Central Lancashire

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