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The Cinematic Bodies of Eastern Europe and RussiaBetween Pain and Pleasure$
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Ewa Mazierska, Matilda Mroz, and Elzbieta Ostrowska

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781474405140

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474405140.001.0001

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Borowczyk as Pornographer

Borowczyk as Pornographer

(p.113) Chapter 5 Borowczyk as Pornographer
The Cinematic Bodies of Eastern Europe and Russia

Ewa Mazierska

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter examines Borowczyk’s representation of sex and the erotic body. It argues that by becoming a pornographer the director chose a career path which placed him in conflict with the two dominant ideologies in Poland: Catholicism and state socialism; hence he treated both of them in contempt. Yet, something blocks the erotic pleasure of the viewers of Borowczyk’s films; the sexual acts take place behind the curtains or other objects blocking our access to vision, such as pieces of furniture. Another specificity of his films is engaging in a discourse about the relationship between body and mind. In Borowczyk’s films we observe a reversal between the spiritual and the corporeal – the spirit is thrown from the pedestal, the body is upgraded.

Keywords:   Walerian Borowczyk, pornography, sexual pleasure, mind and body, Catholicism, state socialism

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