With a shrewd story-telling talent Polish director Krzysztof Kieslowski expanded from socially-conscious political documentaries to a cinema exploring the breadth of emotional disillusionment, desire and co-existence. Episodes of chance, paradoxical circumstance and mysterious interconnectivities figure prominently in his signature style. Loosely basing his work in thematic representations of the ten commandments, the nationalistic symbology of "Le drapeau tricolore" or simply satire on communist propaganda, Kieslowski's film language encourages metaphysical celebrations of intuition and the power of fatalism with his use of specific camera framing and movement, extended pauses and precise use of musical interludes. Frequently recognized as the major cinema presence of the 90's his relatively small oeuvre has developed a flourishing niche of enthusiastic academia and devoted cineastes.

Suggested Reading

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The Films of Krzysztof Kieslowski: The Liminal Image
by Joseph G. Kickasola

Kieslowski-Cinema website

Director - Feature filmography and DVDBeaver links:

Trois couleurs: Rouge (1994), Trois couleurs: Blanc (1994), Trois couleurs: Bleu (1993), The Double Life of Veronique (1991) "Dekalog" (1989), (mini) including A Short Film About Killing (1988/I), A Short Film About Love (1988), Seven Days a Week (1988), Blind Chance (1987), No End (1985), The Calm (1980), Railway Station (1980), Camera Buff (1979), The Scar (1976)