The Cinema of Krzysztof Kieslowski

The Cinema of Krzysztof Kieslowski

Variations on Destiny and Chance

  • Author: Haltof, Marek
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press
  • Serie: Directors' Cuts
  • ISBN: 9781903364925
  • eISBN Pdf: 9780231504027
  • Place of publication:  New York , United States
  • Year of digital publication: 2004
  • Month: June
  • Language: English
Since his death in 1996, Krzysztof Kieslowski has remained the best-known contemporary Polish filmmaker and one of the most popular and respected European directors, internationally renowned for his ambitious Decalogue and Three Colors trilogy.

In this new addition to the Directors'Cuts series, Marek Haltof provides a comprehensive study of Kieslowski's cinema, discussing industrial practices in Poland and stressing that the director did not fit the traditional image of a "great" East-Central European auteur. He draws a fascinating portrait of the stridently independent director's work, noting that Kieslowski was not afraid to express unpopular views in film or in life. Haltof also shows how the director's work remains unique in the context of Polish documentary and narrative cinema.
  • 1. Documenting the Unrepresented World
  • 2. Film-Essays: Kieślowski and Polish Cinema in the 1970s and During the Solidarity Period
  • i. Pedestrian Subway: A Short Film About Marriage
  • ii. Personnel: Art and Politics
  • iii. The Scar: Managers and Their Dilemmas
  • iv. The Calm: Life as It Is
  • v. Camera Buff: Meditations on Film-making
  • vi. Short Working Day: Mechanisms of Power
  • 3. Choices, Chances and Politics
  • i. Blind Chance: Variations on Fate
  • ii. No End: Requiem for Solidarity
  • 4. Entomological Observations and Metaphysics in Decalogue
  • 5. The Double Life of Kieślowski: European Art Film and the Polish Context
  • i. The Double Life of Véronique: Doppelgängers and Puppeteers
  • ii. The Three Colours Trilogy: The Long Films About Love



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