Rafał Syska

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Rafał Syska (born July 18, 1974 in Kielce) is a Polish film historian and writer.[1] He is an associate professor in the Audiovisual Arts Department of Jagiellonian University in Cracow. At the beginning of his career he was specialized in the phenomenon of violence in cinema (Ph-D thesis Film and Violence. Ways of Film Violence Representation), then he focused on strategies of authorship in American cinema (post Ph-D., habilitation dissertation Keep the Distance. Film World of Robert Altman). At present he is an expert of the contemporary author cinema, especially its neo-modernism tendencies (e.g. works of Alexander Sokurov, Béla Tarr, Bruno Dumont, Sarunas Bartas, Fred Kelemen, Tsai Ming-liang, Lisandro Alonso, Carlos Reygadas, Dardenne brothers and Quay brothers).

He published a book upon Greek filmmaker Theo Angelopoulos Poetry of Picture. He was also editor of the dictionary Film Dictionary and now he is a co-editor of a numerous-volume books: Masters of American Cinema and History of Cinema.

At the Audiovisual Arts Department, he conducts lectures in courses: Film interpretation, History of world cinema and Ways of contemporary cinema. Twice he has done the research in United States, financed by Polish Ministry of Science.

Syska was also a grant holder of the Stanislaw Estreicher Foundation, Polityka Weekly Magazine as well as prestigious Foundation for Polish Science. In 2009 he was awarded by Rector of Jagiellonian University and obtained a nomination to Boleslaw Michalek Prize for the best film studies book. In years 1994-2004, he was co-creator of International Film Festival Etiuda & Anima in Cracow and twice he was its co-director. He is publishing his essays in Polish magazines: Kino, Kwartalnik filmowy and Didaskalia.

Publications (selection)[edit]

Books:

  • 100 thrillers, Rabid, Kraków, 2002.
  • Film and Violence. Ways of Film Violence Representation, Rabid, Kraków, 2003.
  • Film Dictionary (editor), Zielona Sowa, Kraków 2005.
  • Masters of American Cinema, vol. 1 Classics, co-editor Łukasz A. Plesnar, Rabid, Kraków 2006.
  • Masters of American Cinema, vol. 2 Rebel and Nostalgia, co-editor Łukasz A. Plesnar, Rabid, Kraków 2007.
  • Keep the Distance. Film World of Robert Altman, Rabid, Kraków 2008.
  • History of Cinema, vol. 1. Silent Cinema, co-editor Tadeusz Lubelski, Iwona Sowińska, Universitas, Kraków 2009.
  • Masters of American Cinema, vol. 3 Present Time, co-editor Łukasz A. Plesnar, Rabid, Kraków 2010.

Essays:

  • Terror Cinema [in] Film Genre. Yesterday and Today, Krzysztof Loska (ed.), Rabid Kraków 1998.
  • Aggression and Evil. Ways of 20th Century Destructivness [in] Iconical Violence or New Sight, Eugeniusz Wilk (ed.), WUŚ Katowice 2001.
  • Thriller as a Genre [in] Around Film Genre, Krzysztof Loska (ed.), Kraków 2002.
  • Revolution that has not come. Upon political context of Rainer Werner Fassbinder works [in] Masters of European Cinema, Grażyna Stachówna, Joanna Wojnicka (ed.), Kraków 2002.
  • Janusz Morgenstern. In the Trap of Present Time [w:] Authors of Polish Cinema, Grażyna Stachówna, Joanna Wojnicka (ed.), Kraków 2004.
  • Béla Tarr. Wheel is Over [in] Authors of European Cinema, vol. 3, Alicja Helman, Andrzej Pitrus (ed.), Rabid, Kraków 2007.
  • Michael Haneke – In Feeling of Guilt [in] New Audiovisual – New Paradigm of Culture?, Eugeniusz Wilk, Iwona Kolasińska-Pasterczyk (ed.), Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Jagiellońskiego, Kraków 2008.
  • Bruno Dumont – Looking [in] Authors of European Cinema, Alicja Helman, Andrzej Pitrus (ed.), Rabid, Kraków 2009.
  • Marlowe from the Beyond. „The Long Goodbye” by Robert Altman [in] „Studia filmoznawcze” nr 29, Sławomir Bobowski (ed.), Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Wrocławskiego, Wrocław 2009.
  • The Beginning of American Cineman [in] History of Cinema, vol. 1, Silent Cinema, Tadeusz Lubelski, Iwona Sowińska, Rafał Syska (ed.), Universitas, Kraków 2009.
  • David Lynch. Sad Cinema About Death [in] Masters of American Cinema, vol. 3., Present Time, Łukasz Plesnar, Rafał Syska (ed.), Rabid, Kraków 2009.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Maciejewski, Łukasz (09.03.2010). "Intymne zauroczenie". Tygodnik Powszechny (in Polish). Retrieved 22 June 2011.