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Krzysztof Kieślowski - Interviews

Krzysztof Kieślowski


Edited by Renata Bernard & Steven Woodward
Series: Conversations with Filmmakers Series

Hardcover : 9781628462135, 256 pages, March 2016
Paperback : 9781496857934, 256 pages, September 2024
Expected to ship: 2024-09-16

Interviews with the Polish filmmaker who garnered international acclaim (including an Oscar nomination) for his Three Colors trilogy of films and was proclaimed one of Europe's most important filmmakers by many critics


Krzysztof Kieślowski’s untimely death came at the height of his career, after his Three Colors trilogy of films garnered international acclaim (and an Oscar nomination), and he had been proclaimed Europe’s most important filmmaker by many critics. Born in 1941, he was only fifty-four years old when he died.

Kieślowski himself tried to tell the story of his life and career in the 1993 book Kieślowski on Kieślowski. This collection, by contrast, reveals the shifting voice of a filmmaker who was initially optimistic about his social and cultural role, then felt himself buffeted by the turbulent politics and events of the People’s Republic of Poland. As described in the chronology in this book, he found himself subject to the “economic censorship” of post-Communist filmmaking.

How Kieślowski responded at each moment of his life, what he tried to achieve with each of his films, is finely detailed in thirty-five selections. These pieces bring together his thesis from the famous Lodz film school, a manifesto written just before the dark days of martial law in Poland, diary entries from the first time he was working outside Poland, and numerous rare interviews from Polish-, French-, and English-language sources.