Monday, February 10, 2014

Women in Film: Kalina Jędrusik

By Olivia Maria Hărşan

Polish actress Kalina Jędrusik was a sex symbol throughout the 1960's and 1970's contributing her acting and singing talents to over thirty films. Her performance in Andrzej Wajda's The Promised Land (1975) has been hot topic for many film feminists interested in exploring ideas pertaining to the 'other Other'. Kalina plays a Polish Jewish woman involved in an affair with a nobleman but her role extends to the temptress stereotype through the 'exotic-ness' of her Jewish identity. Kalina was not conventionally beautiful but she acquired a type of forbidden desire within her accentuated physical features.

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