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Nationality: Polish
Date of Birth: 03/06/1926


 

Andrzej Wajda Quotes > One might have thought that...

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One might have thought that the most significant change in the film industry that would come about with a transition from the communist economy to capitalism would fundamentally concern the sources of funding.
Andrzej Wajda
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