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Irène Jacob Cuts Deep
By Alex Simon
French-Swiss actress Irène Jacob cemented her status as one of her generation’s greatest talents through her work with legendary Polish director Krzysztof Kieślowski: The Double Life of Veronique (1991, for which she was awarded Best Actress at Cannes) and the final chapter of his Three Colors Trilogy, Red (1994).
Jacob comes from an accomplished family: her father Maurice was a renowned French physicist, her mother a successful psychotherapist, and her three brothers are composed of two scientists and a musician. After making her film debut in Louis Malle’s Au Revoir Les Enfants in 1987, Jacob has literally not stopped working. Her latest film, written and directed by her co-star Arnaud Viard, is Paris Love Cut, Viard’s semi-autobiographical tale of a filmmaker trying to balance his personal life, career and sanity in an increasingly shifting landscape. Jacob is delightful as Viard’s very patient (and very pregnant) fiancée. »
- The Hollywood Interview.com
Welcome to a somewhat light month for traditional new TV programming – all the better to pay attention to the noteworthy broadcasts emerging from more unlikely sources. (There are a few interesting, big-name shows dropping on Netflix and Amazon this month as well, of course – check our Best Things to Stream feature tomorrow for those.) Sure, there's prestige-lite TV like Showtime's temporally tweaked soap opera The Affair, returning for its third season. But how about an autobiographical, Christianity-infused holiday special from Dolly Parton, who cameos as a “working girl”? Or perhaps »
Krzysztof Kieślowski's magnum opus for Polish Television is a transcendent 'cycle' of moral tales, each based on one of the Ten Commandments. But sometimes it's difficult to get the connection -- these brilliant mini-movies are pretty tricky. Dekalog Blu-ray The Criterion Collection 837 1988 / Color / 1:33 flat full frame; 1:70 widescreen / 583 min. / available through The Criterion Collection / Street Date September 27, 2016 / 99.95 Starring Aleksander Bardini, Janusz Gajos, Krystyna Janda, Bugoslaw Linda, Daniel Olbrychski many others. Cinematography Witold Adamek, Jacek Blawut, Slavomir Idziak, Andrzej Jaroszewicz, Edward Klosinski, Dariusz Kuc, Krzysztof Pakulski, Piotr Sobocinski, Wieslaw Zdort Film Editor Ewa Smal Original Music Zbigniew Preisner Written by Krzysztof Kieślowski, Krzysztof Plesiewicz Produced by Ryszard Chutkowski Directed by Krzysztof Kieślowski
Reviewed by Glenn Erickson
Back in the early 1990s I believe my first access to Polish director Krzystof Kieślowski was a laserdisc of his film The Double Life of Veronique. I also remember a big reaction in 1996 when »
- Glenn Erickson
You don’t have to live in New York City to appreciate the charms of the Museum of the Moving Image’s new, career-spanning trailer chronicling the works of Polish filmmaker Krzysztof Kieslowski. Kicking off later this week and running a full month, MoMI is set to play home to the most comprehensive retrospective of the director to ever hit American shores. Best known for the features “The Double Life of Veronique” and the “Three Colors” Trilogy (Blue, White and Red) and the boundary-busting television mini-series “Dekalog” (“The Decalogue”), the director was one of the most important European filmmakers of the 1990s.
The new retrospective will include all of the Polish director’s features, short films, early documentary work and a marathon viewing of the “Dekalog,” from October 7 through November 6, 2016. The series will also include four »
- Kate Erbland
Polish director Krzysztof Kieślowski received international acclaim for his filmic masterworks, such as “The Double Life of Veronique,” about a choir soprano and a French music teacher (both played by Irène Jacob) who share a mysterious and emotional bond, and “The Three Colors Trilogy,” three films loosely based on one of the political ideals in the motto of the French Republic: liberty, equality, fraternity.
Read More: Kieslowski, ‘Cat People,’ and the Coen Brothers Lead The Criterion Collection’s September Line-Up
But his magnum opus is “Dekalog” (or “The Decalogue”), a series of ten one-hour films inspired by the Ten Commandments. Originally made for Polish television, the series focuses on the residents of a housing complex in late-Communist Poland whose lives become intertwined as they face a variety of emotional dilemmas. The films grappled with complex existential questions about life, death, and everything in between. The series was acclaimed by critics worldwide, »
- Vikram Murthi
Jacob will play Juliette Le Gall, a new love interest of Noah’s (Dominic West). The character is described as someone who is running from her own secrets and who helps Noah process a trauma from his past and understand himself a little better.
Jacob, a BAFTA and César Award-nominated actress, was first introduced to audiences in 1987 with the film “Au Revoir les Enfants.” She won best actress at the Cannes Film Festival for “The Double Life of Veronique.” Her other credits include “Red,” “U.S. Marshals,” “The Secret Garden,” “Victory” and “Incognito.”
“The Affair” explores the emotional and psychological effects »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
The Film Society of Lincoln Center announces Ava DuVernay’s documentary The 13th as the Opening Night selection of the 54th New York Film Festival (September 30 – October 16), making its world premiere at Alice Tully Hall. The 13th is the first-ever nonfiction work to open the festival, and will debut on Netflix and open in a limited theatrical run on October 7.
Chronicling the history of racial inequality in the United States, The 13th examines how our country has produced the highest rate of incarceration in the world, with the majority of those imprisoned being African-American. The title of DuVernay’s extraordinary and galvanizing film refers to the 13th Amendment to the Constitution—“Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States . . . ” The progression from that second qualifying clause to the horrors of mass incarceration and »
- Kellvin Chavez
If the languid summer tentpole season has you down, fear not, as the promising fall slate is around the corner and today brings the first news of what we’ll see at the 2016 New York Film Festival. For the first time ever, a non-fiction film will open The Film Society of Lincoln Center’s festival: Ava DuVernay‘s The 13th. Her timely follow-up to Selma chronicles the history of racial inequality in the United States and will arrive on Netflix and in limited theaters shortly after its premiere at Nyff, on October 7.
“It is a true honor for me and my collaborators to premiere The 13th as the opening night selection of the New York Film Festival,” Ava DuVernay says. “This film was made as an answer to my own questions about how and why we have become the most incarcerated nation in the world, how and why we regard »
- Jordan Raup
In a career with no shortage of grand cinematic works — the “Three Colors” trilogy, “The Double Life Of Veronique” — there are few who would argue that Krzysztof Kieslowski‘s “The Decalogue” isn’t his crowning achievement. And while it is currently available in a decent DVD box set from Facets, a release from The Criterion Collection has […]
- Kevin Jagernauth
Polish director Krzysztof Kieslowski is undoubtedly one of the most influential modernist filmmakers of all time. His prolific career, which spanned barely 20 years, produced some of the most lush, moving, and important films of his era — especially in Poland. After continuously battling with Polish authorities over the content of his documentaries and feature films, Kieslowski exploded into the international spotlight with “The Double Life Of Veronique,” only to follow that film up with his magnum opus, ‘The Three Colors’ trilogy. Read More: The Essentials: Krzysztof Kieslowski Two years after Kieslowski’s self-imposed retirement, following the biggest film of his career, “Three Colors: White,” the revolutionary auteur sadly passed away. At the time of his death, and despite his retirement, Kieslowski was chugging away on the script for another trilogy with his longtime writing partner Krzysztof Piesiewicz, which only hammers home the talent that we lost far too soon, and »
- Gary Garrison
10 items from 2016