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Studying Ida$
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Sheila Skaff

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781911325628

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781911325628.001.0001

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‘So, you are a Jewish nun?’

‘So, you are a Jewish nun?’

(p.23) Chapter One: ‘So, you are a Jewish nun?’
(p.3) Studying IDA

Sheila Skaff

Liverpool University Press

This chapter describes how Paweł Pawlikowski's Ida opens with austere images of young novice nuns going about their lives in a convent. It analyses Ida's opening shot of an eighteen-year-old novice named Ida, who is restoring the head of a sculpture of Jesus. It also discusses Ida's striking cinematography, which shows Pawlikowski's intention to make a film of static shots or lack of camera movement that drives the viewer into a meditative state. The chapter covers several aspects of Ida's cinematography that leads the viewer into its calm, silent, relaxed world, such as the film's melancholy monochrome palette, 4:3 aspect ratio, lighting and vertical framing. It explains the meaning of Ida's vertical framing, which is a large amount of space above the characters' head in the film that signify the importance of contemplation and hint the possibility of another world above.

Keywords:   Paweł Pawlikowski, Ida, novice nuns, cinematography, static shots, contemplation, vertical framing

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