Krzysztof Kieslowski
(1941-1996)

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Polish director

Born: 27 June 1941 Warsaw, Poland
Died: 13 March 1996 Warsaw, Poland. (cardiac arrest)

A distinctive voice in Polish cinema, known for his uncompromising moral stance, Kieslowski first came to attention in the early 1970s for his incisive (often shelved) documentaries and shorts on the political reality of life in Poland. His features of the late 1970s explored the relationship between the personal and the political with style, directness and a raw edge of realism, making him a key figure in the 'cinema of moral unrest'.

Although the authorities banned Przypadek/Blind Chance (1981), Kieslowski was undeterred and made Bez Konca/No End in 1984. In the late 1980s he turned to television, directing Dekalog, a series of ten films thematically inspired by the Ten Commandments. The international release of one of these, Krotki Film o Zabijaniu/A Short Film About Killing (1988), and the subsequent massive success of the whole series, was greeted with surprise by Polish critics, who compared Dekalog unfavourably with Kieslowski's earlier work.




Krzysztof Kieslowski

His next feature, Podwojne Zycie Weroniki/The Double Life of Veronique (1992), was a co-production between the Tor Film Unit and French producers; it enjoyed critical and commercial success, especially in France.

Kieslowski's next work was a trilogy based on the French flag: 'liberty' (Trois couleurs Bleu/Three Colours: Blue, 1993), 'equality' (Trois couleurs Blanc/Three Colours: White, 1993) and 'fraternity' (Trois couleurs: Rouge/Three Colours: Red, 1994). They secured for Kieslowski - hailed as 'the most truly European director' - a place in the pantheon of European art cinema.

Announced his retirement from film-making after completing Trois couleurs: Rouge/Three Colours: Red.

He battled complications of AIDS at the time of his death in 1996, in addition to having had open-heart surgery.






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