Collaborative filmmaking and the film authorship

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The article deals with issues of collaboration among the film crew and its influence on the film authorship. At the beginning, the short overview of previous approaches to film authorship question is presented, with particular emphasis put on contemporary theories in the field. Then those theories are examined by three historical examples of productions of socialist cinematography and three realisations of recent feature films based on interviews with film directors, producers and script writer. Finally, the author points the prospect of alternative theory of film authorship based on qualitative research, the socalled „net authorship”, dependent on collaboration of various subjects working in fluid configurations. Keywords: collaboration, film authorship, film directing, Polish film during Peopoles’ Republic epoch, qualitative research

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