November 22, 2008

Worshiping Krzysztof Kieslowski


The first movie that I saw of him was 'Three Colours : Red', ironically the last film he directed. I couldn't appreciate it much, except for the stunningly beautiful cinematography. I didn't know that it was the last of the trilogy. I didn't know what did the colour red signify. I didn't know revisiting this movie would be an experience!

After watching the other two of the trilogy and reading online, I realized that the films were based on the themes of liberty, equality and fraternity: 'Blue', 'White' and 'Red', in that order.

I have revisited the three again and again, with the full-length commentary by Annette Insdorf, and without.

As I write these words, I have finished just six of 'The Decalogue'. I know I have still witnessed just the tip of the iceberg. But I feel, this filmmaker has had the most powerful impact on my understanding of cinema and life.

If Cinema is my religion, and that certainly is, Kieslowski is my God.

P.S. : I would love to share some of my personal notes on the study of his works. Soon.

3 comments:

  1. Enthusiasts of the films of Polish director Krzysztof Kieślowski (Blind Chance, Dekalog, The Double Life of Véronique, Three Colours Trilogy, etc) are invited to drop by my chatroom at the Brasserie Alizé on the anniversary of the director’s death, this coming Friday evening, 13 March 2009, from around 1800 UTC and throughout the weekend for those who don’t sleep much. Please pass on the invitation to others and hopefully see you there!

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  2. To this beginning :)

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