The Cinema of Central Europe

Edited by Peter A. Hames. Preface by Istvan Szabo

Wallflower Press

The Cinema of Central Europe

Pub Date: May 2005

ISBN: 9781904764205

288 Pages

Format: Paperback

List Price: $29.50£25.00

Pub Date: May 2005

ISBN: 9781904764212

288 Pages

Format: Hardcover

List Price: $80.00£66.00

The Cinema of Central Europe

Edited by Peter A. Hames. Preface by Istvan Szabo

Wallflower Press

This new volume in the Twenty-Four Frames series focuses on twenty-four key Czech, Slovak, Hungarian, and Polish films from the twenties to the present. Between the wars the cinemas of Hungary, Poland, and the former Czechoslovakia each claimed their pioneers of early cinema and attained significant levels of production. They first attracted international attention in the 1930s, confirming this status with a succession of politically and aesthetically challenging films from the 1950s to the present. The work of directors such as Andrzej Wajda, Miklós Jancsó, Jirí Menzel, István Szabó, Márta Mészáros, Krzysztof Kieslowski, Jan Ävankmajer, and Béla Tarr are discussed. There are in depth studies of films such as Ashes and Diamonds, The Round-Up, The Shop on Main Street, Closely Watched Trains, Alice, The Decalogue, and Satantango.
An authoritative text...The essays throughout are deeply felt, factually accurate, and carefully written. Choice

About the Author

Peter Hames is honorary research associate in film and media studies at Staffordshire University. His books include The Czechoslovak New Wave and, as editor, Dark Alchemy: The Films of Jan Ävankmajer.