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.