In 1995, Krzysztof Kieslowski spoke at the University of Oxford. Before the interview ended, the director was asked about the theme of his early retirement from cinema. The journalist asked if the critics were right when comparing him to the judge from Three Colors: Red? “I don’t make biographical films,” Kieslowski replied immediately. “None of my films are made about me. I have my own life and I will not tell anyone what part of it is included in my films. I will not say this, because I consider it my own business. Nobody can guess how I put my feelings into my films. This will always be the part of the job that I keep to myself. ” – he thought for a minute. – “I will not even tell my wife about it – never.” Let’s tell fortunes together on the coffee grounds, but first you need to watch the films of Krzysztof Kieslowski.
1. “Peace” (1976, Poland)
In this film, Krzysztof Kieslowski showed the actual death of Polish socialism. No one cares about slogans, the bosses do not care about their subordinates, and the former are actively looking for ways to get rich. On model socialist construction sites, money-grubbing and exploitation reign. And in heroes like the chief of Antek, you can see the features of the future “new Poles” who, fifteen years later, will begin to plunder the country. A simple and honest hard worker Antek will always be “extreme” in such situations. Young Krzysztof Kieslowski, like the realist Krzysztof Zanussi, do not entertain the viewer with illusions that the life of decent people will be easy and simple.
2. “Filmmaker” (1979, Poland)
Let’s not be cunning – a considerable number of people dream of fame. Krzysztof Kieslowski was a rare exception to this rule, because he was tormented by the European fame that fell on him in the 1990s. And “Filmmaker” raises an important question – you can achieve fame, but at what cost? Are you ready to reject your past environment for the sake of recognition and make your loved ones cry? If not, then think carefully before dreaming of fame.
3. “Case” (1981, Poland)
In the life of every person there have been events dictated by chance. These can be positive accidents – got drunk, missed the plane and escaped a plane crash, or unplannedly went to the premiere and met an interesting person. At the same time, one should not forget about negative accidents – an accidentally uttered word or, at first glance, an insignificant act that cost a relationship with a loved one or a good friend. In turn, in 1981, Krzysztof Kielowski made “The Case” – a film about how one event can affect a person’s entire life.
4. “Without end” (1984, Poland)
Almost every character in the film builds his own “phantom” life and Poland, thus trying to escape from the oppressive reality. But, if you try to escape from reality with the help of fantasy, then the latter will still take up. Of course, in the light of subsequent events, one can reproach the director for being overly pessimistic. Before criticizing the director for the above, look at the year the film was released and forgive Kieslowski for his pessimistic vision of the future. For, in 1984, no one could have thought about the imminent collapse of the Eastern Bloc.
5. “The Double Life of Veronica” (1991, France-Poland)
One of the main themes of the film is the importance of choice in a fleeting life. In the context of Veronica’s Double Life, this choice stands as follows – art or love? Despite the initially apparent diametric character of the heroines – Veronica from poor Poland and Veronica from rich France, the director shows that, despite politics and the difference in material wealth, there are things that unite all people. The connection is subtle and intangible, but it can still be felt.