Three Colors (1993-1994)

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Three Colors (1993-1994)

Three Colors: Blue (1993) [Criterion Collection, Spine #587 - #588]
Blu-Ray | BDMV | AVC, 1920x1080, ~35.0 Mbps | 1hr 38mn | 38,1 GB
French: DTS-HD Master Audio, 2 ch, 2046 kbps
Subtitles: English
Genre: Drama, Music, Mystery
IMDB Rating: 8.0/10 (68.607 votes)
Criterion.com


Director: Krzysztof Kieslowski
Writers: Krzysztof Kieslowski, Krzysztof Piesiewicz
Stars: Juliette Binoche, Zbigniew Zamachowski, Julie Delpy

The three colors are blue, white and red. They are the colors of the French flag, of course, and they are appropriated by director Krzysztof Kieslowski along with the themes of the motto they more or less represent: liberty, equality, fraternity. But the films Three Colors: Blue (1993), Three Colors: White (1993), and Three Colors: Red (1994) are not hymns to patriotism or national identity and the Polish Kieslowski hasn’t any predisposition to making a statement at France. It’s better to think of this trilogy in similar terms as his The Decalogue, ten short films in which he reflects upon the Ten Commandments in terms more suggestive than literal. They are about morality in terms of life in Poland in 1989 and it is that vast collage of life experience in that time and place that is so powerful.

After he completed "Red" (1994), the final film in his "Three Colors" trilogy, Krzysztof Kieslowski announced that he would retire. This was not a man weary of work. It was the retirement of a magician, a Prospero who was now content to lay aside his art - "to read and smoke." When he died two years later, he was only 56.

In the devastating first film of the Three Colors trilogy, Juliette Binoche gives a tour de force performance as Julie, a woman reeling from the tragic death of her husband and young daughter. But Blue is more than just a blistering study of grief; it’s also a tale of liberation, as Julie attempts to free herself from the past while confronting truths about the life of her late husband, a composer. Shot in sapphire tones by Sławomir Idziak, and set to an extraordinary operatic score by Zbigniew Preisner, Blue is an overwhelming sensory experience.

Bonus:
- Trailer - the original theatrical trailer for Blue.
- On Blue - a video essay written and narrated by film studies professor Annette Insdorf, author of "Double Lives, Second Chances: The Cinema Krzysztof Kieslowski". With clips and stills from the Polish director's films.
- Kieslowski's Cinema Lesson - in this segment from 1994, Krzysztof Kieslowski discusses the significance of a specific sequence from Blue, as well as the importance of the sugar cube scene in the Parisian cafe.
- Juliette Binoche - the French actress comments on specific scenes from the film.
- Zbigniew Preisner - a new interview with composer Zbigniew Preisner, who recalls his collaboration with Krzysztof Kieslowski on the Three Colors trilogy, No End, The Decalogue, and The Double Life of Veronique.
- Reflections on "Blue" - film critic Geoff Andrew, actor Juliette Binoche, filmmaker Agnieszka Holland, cinematographer Slawomir Idziak, professor Annette Insdorf, and editor Jacques Witta reflect on the production of Blue and the questions posed by director Krzysztof Kieslowski throughout his work.
- Kieslowski: The Early Years - an interview program from 2003 in which film critic Geoff Andrew, filmmaker Agnieszka Holland, cinematographer Slawomir Idziak, professor Annette Insdorf, and actor Irene Jacob discuss director Krzysztof Kieslowski's early documentary films and the complex socio-political environment he lived in.
- Two Student Films - two student films, one directed by Krzysztof Kieslowski, the other by Piotr Studzinski. In the latter, the famous Polish director played a tortured artist. Both are presented courtesy of the Polish National Film, Television, and Theatre School in Lodz.




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Three Colors (1993-1994)

Three Colors: White (1994) [Criterion Collection, Spine #587 - #589]
Blu-Ray | BDMV | AVC, 1920x1080, ~35.0 Mbps | 1hr 31mn | 43,1 GB
French: DTS-HD Master Audio, 2 ch, 1842 kbps
Subtitles: English
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
IMDB Rating: 7.7/10 (48.865 votes)
Criterion.com


Director: Krzysztof Kieslowski
Writers: Krzysztof Kieslowski, Krzysztof Piesiewicz
Stars: Zbigniew Zamachowski, Julie Delpy, Janusz Gajos

The most playful and also the grittiest of Kieślowski’s Three Colors films follows the adventures of Karol Karol (Zbigniew Zamachowski), a Polish immigrant living in France. The hapless hairdresser opts to leave Paris for his native Warsaw when his wife (Julie Delpy) sues him for divorce (her reason: their marriage was never consummated) and then frames him for arson after setting her own salon ablaze. White, which goes on to chronicle Karol Karol’s elaborate revenge plot, manages to be both a ticklish dark comedy about the economic inequalities of Eastern and Western Europe and a sublime reverie about twisted love.


Bonus:
- Trailer - the original theatrical trailer for White.
- On White - a video essay written and narrated by film critic Tony Rayns.
- Kieslowski's Cinema Lesson - in this segment from 1994, the Polish director discusses the opening scene from White.
- Zamachowski and Delpy - in this new video interview, Polish actor Zbigniew Zamachowski and French actor Julie Delpy recall their collaboration with director Krzysztof Kieslowski on White. The interview was recorded exclusively for Criterion in 2011.
- Krzysztof Piesiewicz - in this new video interview, Krzysztof Piesiewicz, cowriter of the Three Colors trilogy and politician, discusses his collaboration with director Krzysztof Kieslowski and the complex themes of his films, the socio-political climate in Poland during the 70s, 80s, and the transition period after the fall of the Iron Curtain, etc. The interview was recorded exclusively for Criterion in 2011.
- The Making of "White" - in this behind-the-scenes featurette, director Krzysztof Kieslowski discusses the production history of White, its unique color scheme, the strange relationship between comedy and drama the film nurtures, etc.
- Two Documentaries - two documentary films by Krzysztof Kieslowski. The first focuses on a group of ballerinas, the second chronicles an interesting survey.




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Three Colors (1993-1994)

Three Colors: Red (1994) [Criterion Collection, Spine #587 - #590]
Blu-Ray | BDMV | AVC, 1920x1080, ~28.0 Mbps | 1hr 39mn | 45,2 GB
French: DTS-HD Master Audio, 2 ch, 2038 kbps
Subtitles: English
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Romance
IMDB Rating: 8.1/10 (69.082 votes)
Criterion.com


Director: Krzysztof Kieslowski
Writers: Krzysztof Kieslowski, Krzysztof Piesiewicz
Stars: Irène Jacob, Jean-Louis Trintignant, Frédérique Feder

Krzysztof Kieślowski closes his Three Colors trilogy in grand fashion, with an incandescent meditation on fate and chance, starring Irène Jacob as a sweet-souled yet somber runway model in Geneva whose life dramatically intersects with that of a bitter retired judge, played by Jean‑Louis Trintignant. Meanwhile, just down the street, a seemingly unrelated story of jealousy and betrayal unfolds. Red is an intimate look at forged connections and a splendid final statement from a remarkable filmmaker at the height of his powers.

Bonus:
- Trailer - the original theatrical trailer for Red.
- On Red - a video essay written and narrated by film writer Dennis Lim.
- Kieslowski's Cinema Lesson - in this segment from 1994, the Polish director discusses a key scene from Red (where Rita, the dog, runs away).
- Irene Jacob - in this wonderful new video interview, the French actress discusses her collaboration and friendship with director Krzysztof Kieslowski, Jean-Louis Trintignant's magnificent performance in Red, as well as the film's production history. The interview was recorded exclusively for Criterion in 2011.
- Marin Karmitz - a very informative video interview with producer Marin Karmitz, who discusses the production history of Red, its acceptance at the Cannes Film Festival, the controversy surrounding the film's "nationality" and its unusual Oscar nominations. The interview was recorded in 2001.
- Jacques Witta - in this video interview, Jacques Witta, editor of Blue and Red, discusses specific scenes and selected shots in Red that were removed during the editing of the film. The interview was recorded in 2001.
- Behind the Scenes of Red - raw footage from the shooting of Red, with Krzysztof Kieslowski directing key scenes.
- Kieslowski Cannes 1994 - a short documentary shot during Red's premiere at the Cannes Film Festival. The documentary features interviews with director Krzysztof Kieslowski and actors Irene Jacob and Jean-Louis Trintignant.
- Krzysztof Kieslowski: I am so-so… - in 1995, a year after Red premiered at the Cannes Film Festival, director Krzysztof Kieslowski was interviewed at his home in Poland. This documentary film, directed by Krzysztof Wierzbicki and originally broadcast on Danish television, is based on this interview.




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