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Auteurs of Polish Cinema (Online)

Course Times & Enrolment

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Course Summary

Learn more about post-war Polish cinema and its iconic directors such as Kieslowki, Wajda, Polanski, or Skolimowski. In this course we will examine the works of ten acclaimedauteurs of Polish cinema and analyse their socio-cultural and political resonance.

Course Details

Pre-requisites for enrolment

Students will need to be able to confidently use videoconferencing software and be comfortable with using websites.

Special Information

In order to participate in this course, you will need access to a computer with a speaker, microphone and a good internet connection. An internet browser is required to access the online learning platform. Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox are the recommended browsers.

Content of Course

1. Andrzej Wajda

2. Roman Polański

3. Jerzy Skolimowski 

4. Krzysztof Kieślowski 

5. Agnieszka Holland

6. Władysław Pasikowski

7. Paweł Pawlikowski

8. Łukasz Palkowski

9. Małgorzata Szumowska

10. Jan Komasa 

Teaching method(s)

This course will be delivered via live online sessions.

Learning outcomes

By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  • Appreciate a representative range of Polish films and directors;

  • Recognize various directorial styles and cinematic trends in Polish cinema;

  • Locate the films within their broader contexts (historical and cultural);

  • Discuss the studied films in depth.


Core Readings

Students should not purchase books until the course is confirmed to run, and their teacher instructs them to do so.

  • Haltof, M., 2018. Polish Cinema: A History. Oxford: Berghahn Books.

  • Falkowska, J. & Haltof M. [eds], 2003. New Polish Cinema. Trowbridge: Flick Books. 

  • Michalek, B., 1988. The Modern Cinema of Poland. Bloomington: Indiana University Press.

  • Coates, P., 2005. The Red and the White: The Cinema of People’s Poland. London: Wallflower.

Web Sources


If you have questions regarding the course or enrolment, please contact COL Reception at Paterson's Land by email or by phone 0131 650 4400.

Student support

If you have a disability, learning difficulty or health condition which may affect your studies, please let us know by ticking the 'specific support needs' box on your course application form. This will allow us to make appropriate adjustments in advance and in accordance with your rights under the Equality Act 2010. For more information please visit the Student Support section of our website.