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Developments in Eastern European Cinema since 1989 / Joanna, Rydzewska

The Routledge Companion to World Cinema

Swansea University Author: Joanna, Rydzewska

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This chapter examines the ways in which Eastern European cinema has become Europeanized. It looks at how the idea of Eastern Europe and its cinema has been shaped vis-à-vis the West, and redefined after the collapse of communism. Contrary to the received wisdom that a new paradigm emerged in 1989, t...

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Published in: The Routledge Companion to World Cinema
ISBN: 9781138918801
Published: Routledge 2017
URI: https://cronfa.swan.ac.uk/Record/cronfa29914
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Abstract: This chapter examines the ways in which Eastern European cinema has become Europeanized. It looks at how the idea of Eastern Europe and its cinema has been shaped vis-à-vis the West, and redefined after the collapse of communism. Contrary to the received wisdom that a new paradigm emerged in 1989, this chapter argues that it is only since 2000 that Eastern European cinema has enjoyed recognition after the near collapse of its film industries in the 1990s. In the three case studies of the Hungarian filmmaker Béla Tarr, Eastern European female directors and the Romanian New Wave, the chapter analyses the emergence in Eastern Europe of a new complex model of film production aligned with its larger European counterpart. This producer-driven model is based on three further aspects: the national film institutes, international co-productions and participation in film festivals.
Keywords: Eastern European cinema, Bela Tarr, the Romanian New Wave, Eastern European female directors
College: College of Arts and Humanities