BTW what you wanted to say, do you have a point?
Yes, my point was that not only Poles complain about how they're portrayed in the West.
I've seen a documentary (probably on sth like National Geographic or Discovery Channel) about an African-American athlete who was tracking his roots and was trying to find out why African-Americans excel at sports. According to this documentary it was due to slave trade. The most fit slaves were bought, obviously, and later on... they were bred like animals... to get even more fit and stronger slaves - the best exemplars of male slaves were forced to "mate" with the best exemplars of female slaves (so, women were basically raped). Also, African-Americans in the US are apparently prone to diabetes because of the slave trade - traders were feeding slaves with high glycemic foods so they would put on weight fast and cheaply before putting them on sale.
Sometimes a work of art not meant to be antisemitic in the original context can still have an antisemitic effect to a different audience in a different time.
Well, that's an interesting point but the same could be said about anything relating to Poles in any film, book, play, painting, etc.
For example, some people in Poland claimed that film "Ida" is just going to reinforce the stereotype of Poles-anti-Semites-mudering-Jews in the West and that it shouldn't get an Oscar (and some others claimed that it will reinforce a stereotype of communist-Pole-hating-Jews in Poland). The same was said by some Poles about German TV series "Our Mothers, Our Fathers". I can imagine what was said by Russians about the film "A Woman in Berlin" (about Soviet rapes in Berlin).
I could go on and on like this. It could lead to some complete absurdity... I've seen a lovely Israeli film at a Polish film channel titled "Wypełnić pustkę" (org. title: "Lemale et ha'halal") about Hasidic community in Israel. For me the film was interesting, warm and charming but I bet an anti-Semite would find something in it to hate on the Jews - after all, a young woman is pressured into a marriage and one could assume that Hasidic men are alcoholics because one of the men gets drunk at least twice lol In fact, probably one could find something negative in every Israeli film I've seen in Poland (because Jews are humans and they ain't perfect, I guess lol) and if some businessman would think that those films will make people more anti-Semitic and bought the rights to distribution of these films in Poland I wouldn't be able to watch anything made in Israel lol
So, my point is - people are different, they have different views and levels of oversensitiveness, so who is to decide what people should see and what they shouldn't see?
Should art be censored?
So I don't know if that businessman was wrong.
I would say that if the film wasn't meant to be antisemitic in the original context then that businessman was wrong.
I don't think I've seen it but I really doubt there was any ill intent on the part of Wajda, not only judging by his track record but also judging by what he said in an interview even before filming "The Promised Land":
"This special Polish-German-Jewish conglomerate of Łódź at that time is immensely interesting, it hits you with colours, diversity, customary variety of characters and behaviours. But I think that on the screen - and here I'm counting on the actors - great, rich characters will be portrayed; I'd like the viewers to be more interested in their actions than their ethnicity."
Quote source: lodz.wyborcza.pl/lodz/1,35153,19638794,zmarl-andrzej-zulawski-to-on-namowil-wajde-na-ziemie-obiecana.html
And anyway, buying out the rights to an Oscar nominated film (if it was so "anti-Semitic" then why it was nominated in the first place, right? lol) to prevent it from being shown in the cinemas seems like a very drastic step to me o_O I don't know how anti-Semitic or anti-Polish a film or a book would have to be for me to agree with something like that...
But I think I'll go look for that book in the library now.
Well, at least I got someone to read a Polish book lol But will you be able to find it in Israel? What if some Polish businessman bought it out from every library in Israel because it was showing Poles as anti-Semites? ;)
In all seriousness though, those fragments that I read got me interested and since then I was planning to read it too. The film is apparently a bit different than the book though so I'll try to watch it too if I have a chance and maybe I'll report on it some day on PF.