Posted 01 April 2009 - 11:58 PM
There is a spiritual and emotional resonance coursing through Krzysztof Kieslowski's work that is rarely matched. His stories are remarkable not merely for what happens or why, but how they happen. This makes multiple viewings especially rewarding, and his films are not plotlines so much as meditations of the human soul. In The Double Life of Veronique in particular, there is such a level of intimacy between the actors, the director, the camera, and the audience, that these entities seem to merge into a single disposition in a way that can almost be described as cinematic lovemaking.
A director whose career began in documentary filmmaking, Kieslowski’s work exhibits an incredible understanding of human reality and emotion. Never one to underestimate the audience’s intelligence, Kieslowski’s narrative abilities rival the pure cinema of Hitchcock, with the technical prowess of Kubrick, and the emotional intensity of Bergman.
The Double Life of Veronique
Three Colors: Blue, White, & Red
A Short Film About Killing
A Short Film About Love
Posted 03 April 2009 - 06:29 PM
Just watched Dekalog I on you tube and I loved it! I will buy it eventually...
Posted 03 April 2009 - 07:24 PM
A note on the Facets dvd of Dekalog: It's very mediocre (in terms of image quality). If the films weren't as great as they are, it could've been difficult getting through them. I was shocked when I saw Kino's version of A Short Film About Killing, which has some absolutely stunning cinematography (ASFAK is the extended version of Dekalog V for those who don't know). There is a huge difference in transfers between Kino's A Short Film About Killing and Facets' Dekalog V... really is night and day, even to my plebian eyes.
A question for Duke (or anyone else): How's the AE release? I don't have a region free player but I'm curious.
I found with The Dekalog that even though they are only an hour long each, I couldn't watch more than one a day for most of them, which is a testament to how economical they are and how much I had to contemplate each one.
Posted 04 April 2009 - 06:09 AM
I can't say you would be all that impressed with the the PQ of the AEs, I found them rather poor. I would honestly be surprised if the Facets looked worse, though I'd rather give my business to AE just because. The Beaver really needs to get on adding the AEs to their comparison.
Posted 06 April 2009 - 12:16 AM
On a side note: My new disc was skipping badly with all kinds of lossy image breakup, which was kind of frustrating. I take out the disc, and there is what appears to be ink on the optical side (almost looks like a serial number stamp). After some delicate wiping with an alcohol swab and microfiber cloth, most of it's gone and hopefully it plays okay now.
I'll also give a milder recommendation to Blind Chance, which I really liked. I tend to not like politics in films, but Kieslowski manages to stay objective without being indifferent.
Posted 18 May 2009 - 11:36 PM
Posted 18 June 2009 - 12:02 AM
But then after a little bit, I saw A Short Film About Love and that same overwhelming response I got after Red came back. That's really the film that separates Kieslowski from other directors for me. There's so much pathos, so much humanity and adolescent confusion there, and it defines a degree or two of the power of cinema in my mind. He completely gives himself to the fantasy of the story while maintaining a very defined sense of place and emotion. I'm honestly disheartened that it's the other end of that spectrum, the Killing film, that tends to get the most attention when the Love entry resonates far more on a human level. So few face the torment of murder but nearly everyone experiences the emotion of love.
I finally caught up to The Double Life of Veronique from there, and I'm still mentally dissecting that one. Plus I have the other three films in the Kino set to wade through, movies which, thankfully, I'm far more interested in viewing now than I was after just seeing The Scar.
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