Jerry White compares Paweł Pawlikowski's new film Zimna wojna (Cold War, 2018) to Karpo Godina's classic Slovenian film Rdeči boogie ali Kaj ti je deklica (Red Boogie, 1982), discussing the narrative and thematic continuities between the two films in the context of Cold War history and cinema. White also explores Pawlikowski's prior incarnation as a British documentary filmmaker named Paul to suggest a curious evolution; that in returning to his native Poland in his most recent films (Cold War and Ida), Pawlikowski has gone astray, abandoning the authenticity of his early British films such as Last Resort for a muddled romantic vision.
Cold War Contexts: Pawlikowski in Film, Television, and European History
Jerry White is Canada Research Chair in European Studies in the Department of English at Dalhousie University and coeditor of the Canadian Journal of Film Studies / Revue canadienne d’études cinématographiques (Film Studies Association of Canada/University of Toronto Press). His most recent book is Stan Brakhage in Rolling Stock, 1980–1990 (Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2018).
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Jerry White; Cold War Contexts: Pawlikowski in Film, Television, and European History. Film Quarterly 1 March 2019; 72 (3): 44–51. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/fq.2019.72.3.44
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