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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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American Jazz, Polish Rock

American Jazz, Polish Rock

(p.49) Chapter Three: American Jazz, Polish Rock
Studying Ida

Sheila Skaff

Liverpool University Press

This chapter considers the popular music used in Paweł Pawlikowski's Ida. It explores the link between American jazz music and Poland during the 1960s and the classical music that accompanies the most serious moments of Ida. It also reviews Pawlikowski's interviews, where he often mentioned how he was inspired by the Polish rock music of his childhood when creating Ida and how shooting the scene in Poland offered him a trip down memory lane. The chapter describes silence as the reigning aspect of sound in Ida, which dominates and drives the film and draws viewers' attention. It reveals the silence in Ida as a force, a confession, a way of life, and a demand all at once.

Keywords:   Paweł Pawlikowski, Ida, American jazz music, classical music, Polish rock music, silence

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