Thursday, April 28, 2016

Red, White & Blue: Three Filmmaking Lessons from Krzysztof Kieslowski

Krzysztof Kieslowski was one of the most acclaimed directors of all time, and his Three Colors Trilogy, consisting of the films Blue, White and Red, is one of the great achievements in modern cinema.

Kieslowski's trilogy takes its inspiration from the French flag, both in color scheme and content, i.e., the three ideals of the French Revolution, liberty, equality, and fraternity, ideas that had a titanic influence on European and American cultural thought. Regarding his choice to structure his films this way, he said, "When you deal with [the values] practically, you do not know how to live with them. Do people really want liberty, equality, fraternity? Is it not some manner of speaking?” But like almost no other trilogy, these three films work together in an intricate manner that can only be comprehended by viewing the whole.

Check out these videos for three lessons, one for each film, from the master filmmaker.

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from No Film School

from Mad Mohawk Films

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