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Among the earliest Polish feature films were Antos po raz pierwszy w Warszawie/Anthony’s First Trip to Warsaw (Josef Meyer, 1908) and Dzieje grzechu/The History of Sin (Antoni Bednarczyk, 1911). At the outbreak of World War I there were over 300 cinemas in Poland, and production companies such as Sfinks, headed by Alexander Hertz, had released some fifty full-length features and 350 shorts (fiction, newsreel, and documentaries). A hiatus in the postwar period, with US imports dominating, was followed by a rise in production in the 1930s, with fourteen films per year in 1932–4 rising to between twenty-three and twenty-six annually in 1936–8. Pola Negri was Poland’s best-known film star during this period. Popular genres included literary adaptations, comedy, history films, social problem films, and a number of early synchronized sound films drawing on Poland’s rich cabaret tradition. Director Michał Waszyński (see yiddish cinema) made forty-one feature films between 1929 and 1941, while the films of Józef Lejtes garnered international critical acclaim. ...
Kuhn, A., & Westwell, G. (2020). Poland, film in. In A Dictionary of Film Studies. Oxford University Press. Retrieved 27 May. 2021
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