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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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Archeology

Archeology

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(p.71) Chapter Five: Archeology
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Studying Ida
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Sheila Skaff

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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.3828/liverpool/9781911325628.003.0007

This chapter outlines ways Paweł Pawlikowski's Ida is a unique feature film, such as its cinematography and use of diegetic sound that differentiate it from contemporary films. It points out how Ida is a rare film in the Holocaust genre as it never mentions Nazi concentration camps or the Jewish ghettos that were created by the Nazis in large cities in Poland. It also analyses the unique storyline that may seem implausible to audiences that a girl could grow up in a convent without any knowledge that her family is Jewish. The chapter discusses how Ida was compared to documentary films, which is one of the most significant aspects of its reception as a film. It mentions Pawlikowski, who emphasized that it is only in art that filmmakers have the luxury of being true-to-life, despite his earlier success as a documentary filmmaker.

Keywords:   Paweł Pawlikowski, Ida, feature film, cinematography, diegetic sound, Nazis, Jewish, true-to-life film, Holocaust genre

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