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The Art of Love: The Story of Michalina Wisłocka (Sztuka Kochania, Historia Michaliny Wisłockiej)
About the Film:
The Art of Love, an adaptation of Michalina Wisłocka’s biography, is a story of the famous Polish gynecologist and sexologist, and her determination to educate Poles about their sex lives. Her so-called textbook, “The Art of Love” sold more than seven million copies in Poland, not including the number of copies in unofficial circulation. “The Art of Love” was also a bestseller in other countries in the Soviet bloc. In the film, we can see Wisłocka in a few distant moments in her life: her childhood, times of war, medical studies, and eventually – the 1960s and 70s, when she tries to revolutionize Polish sexology. She has spent years fighting both the conservative social customs, and the merciless censorship. The creators of the movie paint her as a brave, charismatic woman, who had to take on the patriarchal reality of Polish People’s Republic for the benefit of her patients, and paid for her choices with her ruined private life.