Photographer's Note

Probably the best known Polish Film Director of the last two decades, Kieslowski began by making documentaries. These films concentrated on aspects of Polish life, culture, and political conditions under the then Communist Party. Indeed it was these conditions which helped spark the Solidarity movement which ultimately forced the Party to relinquish power by way of new general elections.
Starting with short black and white 16mm documentaries, Kieslowski began to develop a style that would become characteristic of his work. Emphasis on seemingly insignificant moments such as feet walking, or background characters helped to bring a natural clarity to his cinematography. The audience becomes a genuine third party, observing the natural flow of the subjects within his field of vision imposed by the camera. Realism was what Kieslowski concentrated on, and indeed his films, especially the features, have a documentary feel to them.
His magnum opus and fittingly enough, his last film project was a trilogy series entitled Three Colours: BLUE (1993), RED (1994) and WHITE (1994). Based on the three colours of the French Revolution, each film examines one thread of each theme. BLUE examines freedom, as portrayed by a woman who loses her family in an automobile accident, and the way in which she discovers a new direction to her life. WHITE looks at one man's struggle for equality in his marriage in an aura of black humour, and finally RED concentrates on fraternity by highlighting the development of a relationship between a young model and an elderly man.
In March 1996 Kieslowski passed away due to heart compilcations.

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