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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)

  • 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 Wajda)

  • Language also encodes our past. We want to know who we are. To know who we are, we have to know who we used to be. Consequently, our literature, written in the past, anchors us in that past.
    (Andrzej Wajda)

  • As I said earlier, there are no writers who could create a literary vision of the new reality.
    (Andrzej Wajda)

  • 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)


  • 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 Wajda)

  • Suddenly, the screens were dominated by American entertainment to the extent of something like 95 percent. As a result, audiences turned away from the kinds of films that we used to make.
    (Andrzej Wajda)

  • In the forty years of the people's republic, some of the worst historical traits were preserved in our people. These included even the common characteristics developed in the economic reality of the time of partitions in the 17th and 18th centuries.
    (Andrzej Wajda)

  • With it adult political audiences abandoned cinemas. In their place appeared a void. That previous political audience migrated to the seats in front of their TV.
    (Andrzej Wajda)

  • A great artist has died, a man with the hallmarks of a genius.
    (Andrzej Wajda)

  • On the one hand, we had great filmic spectacles that brought in big audiences, adults as well as primary and secondary school students. On the other hand, there were attempts to create contemporary Polish film.
    (Andrzej Wajda)

  • 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)

  • By dint of that concern and because that society was willing to examine its particular reality, Solidarity could come into existence.
    (Andrzej Wajda)

  • Films made in the spirit of the past continued to be made.
    (Andrzej Wajda)

  • 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 Wajda)


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