Notebook Primer: Polish Animation

Notebook Primer: Polish Animation
The Notebook Primer introduces readers to some of the most important figures, films, genres, and movements in film history.HolidayFrom the establishment of the Studio Małych Form Filowych in 1947 through the years immediately following the collapse of the communist regime in the country in 1989, animation flourished in Poland as an integral part of its film industry. “All of cinema is essentially animation,” said Walerian Borowczyk in 1984, echoing Amos Vogel’s conception of cinema at large. “A roll of film is just a roll of photos; it’s the same thing if you supplant the photos with drawings.” By extension, one might make no distinction between “live-action” and animation, or between what one sees onscreen and its allegorical reflection of life experience.This is especially true for Polish animation. To classify the genre in terms of nationality and not “culturally” or ideologically (the more vague “Soviet” implying animation made under a
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