In retrospect, cinema under Euro-Communism turned out to have a significant upside—artists were restricted and potentially censured, but they were also funded by the state. Taking a random core sample of Poland's native film production since the 1989 collapse, the new Walter Reade series reveals a movie-scape at once floundering for ideas and scrounging for cash. Freedom, as any survivor of Sundance can tell you, is just another word for dilettante filmmakers with nothing much to lose, but here it also connotes a premature desire to play in the global-multiplex big leagues.... More >>>