Magazine article Screen International

Three Colours Trilogy' (1993-94) - Screen's 40 at 40

Magazine article Screen International

Three Colours Trilogy' (1993-94) - Screen's 40 at 40

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Director: Krzysztof Kieslowski (France-Poland-Switzerland)

Every generation needs its high priest of art cinema, a figure who can combine spirituality, intellect, moral heftand, ideally, the ability to turn actors into radiantly enigmatic screen icons. The 1950s and '60s had Ingmar Bergman, the '70s had Andrei Tarkovsky (although he never created stars) and, for the '80s and '90s, Polish director Krzysztof Kieslowski proved the ideal package.

Following several austerely impressive features, including No End and Blind Chance, Kieslowski confirmed his ambition in 1988 with Dekalog, a 10-part series of linked dramas, ostensibly for television. In his first French film, The Double Life Of Véronique (1991), his style became more glossily seductive as he explored a strain of symbolically laden metaphysical drama. …

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