The Polish Presence in American Cinema before 1939

M. B. B. Biskupski

in Hollywood’s War with Poland 1939–1945

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print December 2009 | ISBN: 9780813125596
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813135335 | DOI:
The Polish Presence in American Cinema before 1939

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Poland, returned to the map at the end of World War I, meant little to the United States after 1918. This was true in both political and cultural matters, and American films reflected this lack of interest. Indeed, the Polish population in the United States was also a community largely unknown to the American public, who regarded this newly created minority group with a mixture of disdain and indifference. It is not surprising that few films produced in the silent era or later, in the 1930s, featured Polish themes or explored the lives of Polish immigrants in America. A few Poles enjoyed brief careers in Hollywood. Marianna Michalska and Apolonia Chalupiec, both born in Poland, were stars of the silent screen under the pseudonyms Gilda Gray and Pola Negri, but neither enjoyed a long career.

Keywords: Poland; films; United States; public; silent era; Polish themes; Marianna Michalska; Apolonia Chalupiec

Chapter.  14121 words. 

Subjects: Film

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