A retrospective featuring five earlier films made in Poland by the great European filmmaker Krzysztof Kieslowski, tracing his evolution towards the magic of his later work in the West with The Double Life of Veronique and the Three Colors trilogy.
Each film will be followed by an exclusive new interview with host Jerry Carlson. Speaking about Krzysztof Kieslowski will be Krzysztof Zanussi, Polish director and colleague of Kieslowski, Andrzej Krakowski of City College, Leonard Quart of Cineaste, and Annette Insdorf, Columbia University.
Prof. Insdorf has described Kieslowski as a man who “made intimate motion pictures about fallible human beings for thoughtful spectators”. His narrative films magically capture the role of chance and transcendence in human life. His experience in documentary colored his approach to story-telling in the early feature films, such as The Scar and Camera Buff. The latter was the first to bring Kieslowski wide international acclaim, with the brilliant actor Jerzy Stuhr as an accidental documentary filmmaker whose early exhilaration runs into moral dilemmas. No End, an uncompromisingly bleak look at the loss of hope following the crackdown on Solidarity, launched Kieslowski’s collaboration with co-scriptwriter Krzysztof Piesiewicz and composer Zbigniew Preisner that continued through Veronique and Three Colors. Though made earlier during Solidarity’s heyday in 1981 and banned until 1987, Blind Chance – one of his masterpieces – is an exuberant exploration of the role of chance in human life. A Short Film about Love is the feature-length version of an episode from Kieslowski’s Decalogue, acclaimed by many as the most powerful TV series ever made. Few filmmakers have so consistently struggled with the attempt to convey deeper truths about the world around them and the world within – to explore the mysterious interplay of chance andchoice in human affairs.
MARCH 1 - APRIL 5, 2008
Each film premieres on Saturday 9 PM, and repeats on Sunday 9 PM & Friday 12 midnight CUNY TV, Channel 75, New York City
Krzysztof Zanussi, Andrzej Krakowski, Leonard Quart, Annette Insdorf hosted by Jerry Carlson
THE SCAR (1976), 112 min.: Sat-Sun, March 1-2, 9:00 PM & Fri., March
7, 12:00 AM
CAMERA BUFF (1979), 117 min.: Sat-Sun, March 8-9, 9:00 PM & Fri.,
March 14, 12:00 AM
NO END (1985), 109 min.: Sat-Sun, March 15-16, 9:00 PM, Fri., March
21, 12:00 AM
BLIND CHANCE (1987), 122 min.: Sat-Sun, March 22-23, 9:00 PM & Fr.,
March 28, 12:00 AM
A SHORT FILM ABOUT LOVE (1988), 86 min.: Sat-Sun, March 29-30, 9:00
PM & Fr., April 5, 12:00 AM