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


 

Andrzej Wajda Quotes > Suddenly, the screens were...

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Suddenly, the screens were dominated by American entertainment to the extent of something like 95 percent. As a result, audiences turned away from the kinds of films that we used to make.
Andrzej Wajda

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