Posted by: ckckred | December 27, 2012

Announcement of The Three Colors Trilogy Marathon

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On Christmas, I got as a gift a movie trilogy I’ve been waiting to see for a long time. The name might be new to a few of my readers and I will admit I didn’t know much about it until a few months ago.  That would be Krzysztof Kieślowski’s The Three Colors Trilogy.

I received the Criterion Collection’s Blu-Ray set, and should see them within the next few weeks.  Here is the Amazon description below:

Even though one can view each segment of Krzysztof Kieslowski’s Three Colors trilogy on its own, it seems absurd to do so; why buy the slacks instead of the entire suit? Created by Kieslowski and his writing partner Krzysztof Piesiewicz for France’s bicentennial, the titles–and the themes of the films–come from the three colors of the French flag representing liberty, equality, and fraternity. Blue examines liberation through the eyes of a woman (Juliette Binoche) who loses her husband and daughter in an auto accident, and solemnly starts anew. White is an ironic comedy about a befuddled Polish husband (Zbigniew Zamachowski) who takes an odd path of revenge against his ex-wife (Julie Delpy). A Swiss model (Irène Jacob) strikes up a friendship with a retired judge (Jean-Louis Trintignant) who eavesdrops on his neighbors in Red. The trilogy is a snapshot of European life at a time of reconstruction after the Cold War, reflected through Kieslowski’s moralist view of human nature and illumined by each title’s palate color.

The DVD set has numerous extras spread throughout the three discs; the end result is a superior collection. Each disc has a short retrospective, culled together from new interviews with Kieslowski’s crew, plus film critic Geoff Andrew, biographer Annette Insdorf (who also does the commentaries), and fellow Polish director Ageniska Holland. Producer Marin Karmitz also reminisces about the experience. There’s an exceptional effort to show the magic of Kieslowski (who died two years after the trilogy) through a discussion of his various career phases, interviews with the three lead actresses, four student films, and archival materials including simple–and wonderful–glimpses of the director at work. Excellent insight is also provided by Dominique Rabourdin’s filmed “cinema lessons” with Kieslowski. Without viewing any of his other films, this set illustrates the uniqueness of Kieslowski. –Doug Thomas

Yeah, I’m very excited to see this.  In other news, I also received a script of Pulp Fiction and plan on reading it while I watch the movie, something I had never done before.  I all hope you had a great holiday season!

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  1. “Pulp Fiction – ironic mix of humor and violence.” Yeah, surely one is wasting their time with Kieslowski – nothing happens in his films – no car chases, no sawn-off shotgun blasts into people’s faces, no in-your-face violence, nothing. Proof of Kieslowski’s weak and insignificant films is that Three Colors Red lost to Pulp Fiction at Cannes. Best stick with good, solid Hollywood cinematography in my opinion.

  2. “Pulp Fiction – ironic mix of humor and violence.” Yeah, surely one is wasting their time with Kieslowski – nothing happens in his films – no car chases, no sawn-off shotgun blasts into people’s faces, no in-your-face violence, nothing. Proof of Kieslowski’s weak and insignificant films is that Three Colors Red lost to Pulp Fiction at Cannes. Best stick with good, solid Hollywood cinematography in my opinion.

  3. Hope you enjoy one of the greatest trilogies in cinema history! Blue is my favourite, although Red is pretty excellent too. Would be interested to know your thoughts.

    • I’ve been waiting to see them for quite a while. I’m going to start with Blue.

      • Blue is the proper starting point. Make sure to leave Red till last.

  4. I also have this to watch for the first time and am pretty excited to see them. Hope you enjoy!

    • Thanks! I’ve been waiting to see these three films for quite a while.

  5. I’ve been wanting to see these movies for a long time, but itunes unfortunately doesn’t have them. On a side note, I watched Pulp Fiction for the first time yesterday. What an amazing film. Enjoy your movies.

    • Yeah, it’s always pretty annoying that iTunes doesn’t have it. You can find it on Amazon, but even it’s pretty expensive.

      Glad you loved Pulp Fiction as well. It’s been too long since I last saw it.

  6. I’ve been meaning to see these for some time now, it will be interesting to read your thoughts :)

    • Yeah, I’ve been looking forward to seeing them. I haven’t seen any other of Kieślowski’s work so I guess this is a good starting point.

  7. I really need to watch these films now, I recently bought Blue and plan to watch it very soon.

    • I look forward to your review. I’ve been waiting to see these for quite a while now and am very excited.

  8. Hope you enjoy the films. They are brilliant, especially because they come from a country where filmmaking is not a huge focus; it adds a lot to the films because it is so ‘foreign’. :)

    • Thanks! I haven’t seen any of Kieslowski’s work before, and I’ve heard only great things about the trilogy. I hope to watch them soon.


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