DIED IN 1996 AT THE AGE of 54, while undergoing heart surgery in Warsaw.
Acclaimed director Krzysztof Kieslowski
never quite makes the good central idea work, and the film gets a bit lost, and starts to drag in the first half hour.
's point is that the brutality of the crime is mimicked by the brutality of the state.
Like the Juliette Binoche character in Krzysztof Kieslowski
's Three Colours: Blue, Marie is overwhelmed by grief.
Forman, Polanski, and Kieslowski
are known figures but their 'East European' work is largely viewed as a prelude to their success in the 'West'.
The phenomenon is considered in three forms: (1) historical layering, as in Jane Campion's Portrait of a Lady and Kieslowski
's Three Colours: Blue; (2) memory and nostalgia, especially in Benigni's Life is Beautiful, and in the possibilities available to classical music in European compared with US films; (3) musical memory in a given culture, from It Happened Here (Brownlow/ Mollo) through to various directors of the New German Cinema.
Lihi Nagler's essay on Kieslowski
's The Double Life of Veronique analyzes a "maelstrom of doubling" represented on the one hand by the relationship of Doppelganger between the filmmaker and the two female characters, the Polish Veronika who, after her death, becomes the shadow of the French Veronique, and on the other hand the relationship of a puppeteer double of Kieslowski
with the French Veronique.
He is the author of Recovery and Transcendence for the Contemporary Mythmaker: The Spiritual Dimension in the Works of JRR Tolkien (Maria Curie-Sklodowska UP, 2000) and Krzysztof Kieslowski
's Decalogue Series (East European Monographs, 1996).
Written by veteran Polish director Kryzsztof Kieslowski
shortly before his death in 1996, Heaven is a mesmerising morality tale, directed with a keen eye for detail by Tom Tykwer (Run Lola Run).
Reaching for a spiral, a man with a handlebar moustache talks about the films of Kieslowski
. "Genius of our lifetime," he declares.
Screening Schedule: Krzysztof Kieslowski
's The Decalogue has attained such an exalted reputation since its debut on the festival circuit, and has grown so legendary in the United States through lack of theatrical bookings, that reviewers now speak of this series in the same tone they'd use for the literary source.