"Annales Universitatis Paedagogicae Cracoviensis. Studia de Cultura". Nr 12, z. 1 (2020), s. 42-58
The purpose of the paper is to analyse film topographies of Gdańsk and investigate the motifs
connected with sea and water. I intend to ask myself some questions concerning the ways
in which film makers develop aquatic motifs and use waterside location, to what extent film
scenery – with water as the dominant element – recreates and creates “the meaning of place”.
I treat the sea and water as images and film locations with certain aesthetic, economical
and cultural functions. The methodological basis is cultural geography and discovering the
relationship film–city–region, film–real and symbolic space, as well as visual anthropology,
which makes it possible to capture the methods of coding signs on the screen, pointing to
explicit and implicit ideologies, and cultural meanings, constructed in the process of sender–
recipient activities. Research material includes selected Polish feature films: Wolne miasto,
directed by Stanisław Różewicz (1958); Do widzenia, do jutra, directed by Janusz Morgenstern
(1960); Człowiek z żelaza, directed by Andrzej Wajda (1981); Wróżby kumaka, directed by
Robert Gliński (2005); Miasto z morza, directed by Andrzej Kotkowski (2009), and others.