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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

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

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474405140.003.0006

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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