Filip buys an eight-millimetre movie camera when his first child is born. Because it's the first camera in town, he's named official photographer by the local Party boss. His horizons widen... See full summary »
A look at the Central Station in Warsaw, the country's most famous building of the 1970s. There's the inevitable clash between delayed trains and chaos at the station, and the propaganda slogans glorifying the site.
Romek, an idealistc 19-year-old boy, takes a job as a tailor in the costume department of a Warsaw theater company where his new colleague, Sowa, is pressured to make a costume for an ... See full summary »
1970. After discussions and dishonest negotiations, a decision is taken as to where a large new chemical factory is to be built and Bednarz, an honest Party man, is put in charge of the ... See full summary »
I gave an eldrely couple a lift. We drove for a while, talking, the way one does. "Lucky thing it rained yesterday". Then she said: "It doesn't depend on us". She was a typical old woman. "The Lord decides these things. If He wants to it rain, it will rain. If He wants a draught, there will be a draught."
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Those looking for an in-depth discussion of Kieslowski's films, especially the work he's most famous for, will be sorely disappointed. Only a few moments are spent on RED and THE DECALOGUE, and BLUE, WHITE and VERONIQUE are skipped over entirely. Slightly more time is spent on the early documentaries, CAMERA BUFF, BLIND CHANCE and the one feature I haven't seen yet, THE CALM. However, there is some insight into the man's attitudes and philosophies. As one would expect from knowing his work, his outlook is both cynical and hopeful... the feeling that humanity is essentially good but misguided. Some of the most interesting moments are when Kieslowski participates in the creation of the documentary. Less interesting is the gimmicky prologue in which a handful of professionals (doctor, priest, psychologist, clairvoyant, handwriting expert) analyze the director without the benefit of having met him.
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