Weronika lives in Poland. Véronique lives in Paris. They don't know each other. Weronika gets a place in a music school, works hard, but collapses and dies on her first performance. At this... See full summary »
The plot couldn't be simpler or its attack on capital punishment (and the act of killing in general) more direct - a senseless, violent, almost botched murder is followed by a cold, ... See full summary »
19-year-old Tomek whiles away his lonely life by spying on his opposite neighbour Magda through binoculars. She's an artist in her mid-thirties, and appears to have everything - not least a... See full summary »
Filmed in 1976 and shelved for five years. A young man in his twenties leaves prison after a three-year sentence. He wants to start a new life in a place where he is not known and dreams ... 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.
Vilgot Sjöman (I Am Curious -- Yellow 1967) and a crew from Swedish Television followed Ingmar Bergman during the filming of Winter Light and came away with a five-part documentary, ... See full summary »
[on his documentary Talking Heads]
Documentaries deal with people who live real, everyday lives. But if these people trusted us and told us the truth about their lives, it could be used against them - which sometimes happened. The more invisible our tools were, the greater the danger we'd end up, with our cameras and microphones, somewhere we had no right to be, in places where everyone has a right to their privacy and solitude, their joy or pain - in complete peace.
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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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