Andrzej Wajda is perhaps the greatest and the most prolific filmmaker coming from the formerly Soviet-occupied Eastern Europe. He was born in Poland in 1926 and educated as a painter and filmmaker. The themes and aesthetics of his films have contributed in a major way to the creation of a historically oriented iconography in Polish cinema. Altogether, Wajda has made 45 films dealing with war, history, politics of the 1970s in East Central Europe, and grand universal themes like love and death.

One can identify six major thematic groups which roughly define Wajda’s cinematic topics. These are: Themes of World War II, Passion and History, Private Preoccupations in Contemporary Times, Grand Themes of Life and Death, Polish Literary History on Film, and Politics in the 1970s. These thematic

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Citation: Falkowska, Janina. "Andrzej Wajda". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 03 September 2010 [, accessed 16 July 2024.]

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