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Three Colours: Blue [DVD] [1993]


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  • Actors: Juliette Binoche, Zbigniew Zamachowski, Julie Delpy, Benoît Régent, Florence Pernel
  • Directors: Krzysztof Kieslowski
  • Writers: Slawomir Idziak, Krzysztof Kieslowski, Agnieszka Holland, Edward Zebrowski, Krzysztof Piesiewicz
  • Producers: Marin Karmitz
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Artificial Eye
  • DVD Release Date: 29 Oct 2001
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005QG0I
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 22,240 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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DVD Special Features:

Krzysztof Kieslowski Masterclass (this is about 10 minutes worth of archive footage of the director talking about how he filmed 'Blue')
Interview with Juliette Binoche
Interview with Jacques Witta (editor)
Interview with Marin Karmitz (producer)
Theatrical trailer
Extracts from the original soundtrack composed by Zbigniew Preisner
Dolby Digital 5.1
French with English subtitles
16:9 anamorphic picture

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The first instalment of the late Polish director Krzysztof Kieslowski's trilogy on Liberty, Equality and Fraternity, the three colours of the French flag. Blue is the most sombre of the three, a movie dominated by feelings of grief. As the film begins, a car accident claims the life of a well-known composer. His wife, played by Juliette Binoche (Oscar winner for The English Patient), does not so much put the pieces of her life back together as start an entirely new existence. She moves to Paris, where she dissolves into a wordless life virtually without other people. Kieslowski attaches an almost subconscious significance to the colour blue but primarily he focuses on Binoche's luminous face and the way her subtle shifts in emotion flicker and disappear. The picture may be more enigmatic than the follow-ups White and Red but Binoche's quiet, heartbreaking presence becomes spellbinding; her performance won the best actress prize at the Venice Film Festival in 1993. --Robert Horton --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4.3 out of 5 stars

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47 of 49 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 22 Feb 2002
Format: DVD
Don't let the last review put you off. If you're looking at this film, you won't be expecting car chases and machine guns ... These three films, of which Blue if the first, offer a perfect example of what European film makers do so well and Hollywood does so badly, spellbindingly slow studies of character and situation that draw you in, that you need to relax into like a hot bath. If you agree that films can be an artform and not pure entertainment, you don't faint at the thought of subtitles and you don't need an explosion every five minutes to keep you concentrating, give these a try.
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38 of 40 people found the following review helpful By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 7 Mar 2006
Format: DVD
Blue is the color of sadness and depression. And "Blue" ("Bleu") is the first film in the celebrated Colors trilogy by Krzysztof Kieslowski. Accompanying the rich "Red" ("Rouge") and sharp "White" ("Blanc"), this is a beautiful and haunting look at grief and getting past it.
Julie de Courcy (Juliette Binoche) and her family are in a car accident when their brakes fail. Julie is injured, but her composer husband and their daughter die. She can't bring herself to commit suicide, but neither can she just go home and get over it. So instead she leaves her palatial house in the country after a night with her husband's old friend Olivier (Benoît Régent), who has been in love with her for years.
Julie arrives in Paris with nothing but a blue cut-glass lampshade, takes back her maiden name, rents an apartment, and tries to leave her old life behind. Though she says she doesn't want love or friends (because they are "traps"), she befriends a promiscuous young woman and is pulled back to Olivier when he starts to finish her husband's unfinished work. In turn, Olivier reveals to her the side of her husband she never knew -- the other woman he loved.
The Colors trilogy is based on the colors of the French flag: Blue, white and red, standing respectively for liberty, equality, and fraternity. In this, Julie is unconsciously seeking liberty from her past life and her grief. This grief is shown beyond mere tears and unhappiness. She rakes her knuckles over a rough wall, rips off a strand off the hanging lampshade, as little ways of showing her inner turmoil. At the same time, the revelations about Julie's husband raises questions about their marriage and about Julie herself.
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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Prufrock on 3 Feb 2002
Format: VHS Tape
When I first saw Kieslowski's TV version of 'A short film about Love' I was amazed by his compassion for every single character in his work. It's the basic humanity of his films that always make me come back to them.
Blue is in essence a very simple tale - a woman loses her husband and daughter and finds it almost impossible to cope. To do so she cuts herself off from the world around her - her liberty/freedom is complete. The question is - is liberty enough? Can any human live fully without the contact of others? During one scene in the film Binoche pays a visit on her mother. In the background a television shows a high wire act. If the man slips, no one will catch him. Kieslowski seems to be saying 'you can be alone, but no one can save you then'.
There is a great deal more to all of his films than can be absorbed in a single viewing. Watch the movie for the outstanding performances by Binoche and Charlotte Very as her neighbour Lucille and the beautifully combination of Idziak's probing, luminescent cinematography and Zbigniew Preisner's searching music. As ever with Kieslowski,less is more, silence speaks volumes and you are,in the end,never alone.
Utterly compelling.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 28 Jun 2001
Format: VHS Tape
It is a pleasure for me to be able to write a review of this film. Its beautiful, haunting music impressed me so much that I have since bought, not only the soundtrack, but more CDs of Preisner's music, and I have seen all the films which comprise the trilogy, plus "The Double Life of Veronique" (same director, same composer). I only wish that they could have made more films together. The circumstances, although tragic, result in a courage and determination which is inspiring, and which give answers to the perennial questions as to whether one should continue to attempt to communicate with people, or to withdraw completely, especially after a tragedy, when one is very vulnerable. It's a story of love, of faith and of courage.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Budge Burgess on 28 Mar 2005
Format: DVD
The first in Kieslowski's 'Three Colours Trilogy', and a film made remarkable by the quality of its photography and the dominant presence of Juliette Binoche. Kieslowski relates the three colours of the French flag to the mantra of the French Revolution - liberty, equality, fraternity - with 'Blue' the colour of liberty.
Freedom for Kieslowski, it seems, is a haunting responsibility. As a Pole, subjected to political censorship most of his life, he could clearly value freedom. But the political freedom of the West in no longer animated by the passionate demand and popular urgency of the French Revolution; it has given way to complacency, to self-satisfaction, and the self-delusion of materialism. Freedom for Kieslowski is the liberty of life itself, the freedom to choose.
And Juliette Binoche is stripped of her ability to choose. As the film opens, she is merely a fellow traveller in life, occupying a car with her daughter and husband, carried along by her husband's fame and image. We are shown the dripping brake fluid, we know what is about to happen. Binoche survives. Moments before the crash she had everything - wife of a world famous composer, a beautiful, elegant, intelligent, talented woman graced with abundant love, family security, happiness, status, material wealth. After the crash, she has to rebuild her life.
But her world continues to collapse around her. She attempts to destroy her husband's final piece of work - a hymn to European union - only to discover that someone else has kept a copy and that one of her husband's friends will complete the work.
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