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Andrzej Wajda Quotes

Andrzej Wajda Quotes & Quotations
Name:
Andrzej Wajda
Type:
Director
Nationality:
Polish
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    A novelty in Polish filmmaking was that it was possible to find funds for a big production. However, at the same time, the state budget committed less and less money to filmmaking. Andrzej_WajdaAndrzej Wajda
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    Also a great part of Polish industry proved to have existed only to support the Soviet military industry, and it became superfluous and incapable of being transformed into anything else. We did not foresee that or the magnitude of these phenomena. Andrzej_WajdaAndrzej Wajda
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    As I said earlier, there are no writers who could create a literary vision of the new reality. Andrzej_WajdaAndrzej Wajda
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    At the same time, television theatre became more visibly active. Andrzej_WajdaAndrzej Wajda
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    By dint of that concern and because that society was willing to examine its particular reality, Solidarity could come into existence. Andrzej_WajdaAndrzej Wajda
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    Cinemas gained new young audiences who wanted films made for them. Andrzej_WajdaAndrzej Wajda
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    Even better, there were established two separate committees deciding on state film funding. Andrzej_WajdaAndrzej Wajda
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    Eventually, the state's funding covered only the stages leading to presenting a film project to potential funding bodies. It was enough to produce a script, indicate casting and put together a budget to present it all, but nothing beyond that. Andrzej_WajdaAndrzej Wajda
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    Films made in the spirit of the past continued to be made. Andrzej_WajdaAndrzej Wajda
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    However, that old mode of Polish filmmaking virtually disappeared. Andrzej_WajdaAndrzej Wajda
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    I think that adult Polish audiences, while observing what was happening in Poland, started to give in to a particular kind of anxiety. Andrzej_WajdaAndrzej Wajda
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    In Europe, there is no television filmmaking legislation that could assist film production because private broadcasters are not interested in supporting Polish film. Andrzej_WajdaAndrzej Wajda
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    In the first years after 1989, films were partly financed from the state's budget as well as by public television. Still, except for a few special cases, most films are made this way. Andrzej_WajdaAndrzej Wajda
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    In the first years after the systemic transition, our screens showed American entertainment that had not been available before, or had been available only sporadically. Andrzej_WajdaAndrzej Wajda
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    In the same period, Polish literature also underwent some significant changes. From social-political literature, which had a great tradition and strong motivation to be that way, Polish literature changed its focus to a psychological rather than a social one. Andrzej_WajdaAndrzej Wajda
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    It turned out that the country was helpless in the face of a new reality. Andrzej_WajdaAndrzej Wajda
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    It was progressively more difficult to find work in the theatre, as well. Andrzej_WajdaAndrzej Wajda
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    Nevertheless, in the theatre, and in the cinema, the contemporary reality of Poland has been represented only to a minuscule degree in the last 12 years. Andrzej_WajdaAndrzej Wajda
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    One might have thought that the most significant change in the film industry that would come about with a transition from the communist economy to capitalism would fundamentally concern the sources of funding. Andrzej_WajdaAndrzej Wajda
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    Previously the same Polish audiences would have been pressured into seeing cinema made for adults, films made by us about those spheres of life that were significant for us and which should be significant for our society. Andrzej_WajdaAndrzej Wajda
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    The difficulty with the present state of affairs is that there is no legislation on the sources of funding for the Polish film industry. There is no legislation concerning filmmaking. And, there is no legislation on television that would be beneficial to filmmaking. Andrzej_Wajda/21.php">Andrzej Wajda
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    There is no filmmaking legislation because distributors are not interested in sharing their money with the film industry - for instance, by giving a percentage of ticket sales back to filmmakers. Andrzej_Wajda/22.php">Andrzej Wajda
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    We expected that people were just waiting for the collapse of the Soviet Union, or at least for its retreat, and they were going to be full of initiative in all areas of life - in culture, in economy and in politics. Andrzej_Wajda/23.php">Andrzej Wajda
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    When a film is created, it is created in a language, which is not only about words, but also the way that very language encodes our perception of the world, our understanding of it. Andrzej_Wajda/24.php">Andrzej Wajda
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    Why does there exist a global American entertainment industry, but there isn't an equivalent coming from France or Italy? This is the case simply because the English language opens the whole world to the American cinema. Andrzej_Wajda/25.php">Andrzej Wajda
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    Young directors had no choice but to throw themselves into writing scripts. That did not have a positive effect on the quality of Polish cinema. Andrzej_Wajda/26.php">Andrzej Wajda