“THE ALLIANCE OF LITERATURE AND FILM.” THE CASE OF FERDYNAND GOETEL
In the interwar period Ferdynand Goetel became popular and acclaimed — both in Poland and in other countries — mainly as a novelist, short story writer and reporter. The article presents the lesser-known side of the writer’s contribution — his relationship to the Polish cinematography, which began at the end of the silent film period, and then developed more in the era of sound films. Until the Second World War Goetel was the author or co-author of twelve screenplays, of which nine were produced. He was also a co-founder and a shareholder of the „Panta” film studio. As a screenplay writer he cooperated with notable film directors (inter alia R. Odryński and J. Lejtes), created adaptations of Polish literary classics (Pan Tadeusz, Janko Muzykant), introduced new topics (for example, „the scout idea,” the development of Polish aviation) and film genres (musical film, youth film, barracks farce) — sometimes combined with the conventions of comedy-drama, adventure, or religious film. Several of his films were successful with audiences and the film The Day of the Great Adventure won two awards at the 1935 Venice Film Festival.
Translated by Krzysztof Polechoński