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"The Black Series (Czarna seria polskiego dokumentu) was a movement of Polish short Documentary films made in the 1950s. Compared to the optimistic and pro-regime documentaries shown before, the Black Series were openly critical of social problems, such as poverty, prostitution, and alcoholism. The movement came about as a response from film-makers Kazimierz Karabasz, Jerzy Hoffman, Edward Skórzewski, and W?adys?aw ?lesicki, who were unhappy with the lack of realistic and gritty looks into the life of the time. With Polish October in 1956, the ability to create such documentaries to be critical of current issues became more feasibly possible. These films shared both similar (albeit broad) subject matter as well as the way in which they were filmed. Typical setups involved a lack of narrative or voice-over commentary, cameras were setup from afar to not interfere with any action, very minimal staged elements were included (if any), fly-on-the-wall techniques of observing depth in reality, and dynamic use of music. (RYM)"
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