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Three Colours Trilogy: Blue, White, Red [Paperback]

Krzystof Kieslowski , Krzysztof Piesiewicz
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5 Jan 1998
The untimely death of Krzysztof Kieslowski in 1996 robbed cinema of one of its true geniuses. His Three Colours trilogy is his last completed work. The trilogy is based on the colours of the French flag, each film embodying one of its tenets: Liberty, Equality, and Fraternity. Blue tells the story of a woman almost demolished by grief; White shows Poland in the throes of embracing the principles of free enterprise; and Red presents the compelling relationship betweeen a young model and an elderly voyeur. All three films present the notion of all our lives receding into an infinity of other lives in a way that is powerful and moving.

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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Faber and Faber (5 Jan 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0571178928
  • ISBN-13: 978-0571178926
  • Product Dimensions: 21.5 x 13.5 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 196,677 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Classic Kieslowski: a transcendent, beautiful essay on freedom." "-- Independent on Sunday"
"Brilliant . . . Black humour and razor sharp imagery." -- "The Times" (London)
"The best of European cinema . . . Miraculous." -- "Guardian"

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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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already the muted expression of kieslowski's film transcends the seminal ideals of liberty, equality & fraternity into our daily lives through the three screenplays brought together in one volumne for the first time. the screenplays shows how the international acclaimed 'three colours' contradict each other, each character has the same ideal of freedom, or of love. the books unites the films fractuacted sense of time, how so many things seperate the character's from each other...& like us the one thing we as a reader ought to look for, is the existance of the human soul, the one thing that unites us as a people. for us to state that such a thing exists...the screenplay acheives this by exploring the rich narrative textures of the three films.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Three colors, three emotions 6 May 2004
By E. A Solinas - Published on Amazon.com
Cinematic genius Krzystof Kieslowski wrote and directed his own films, including the famed Three Colors Trilogy, made up of "White" ("Blanc"), "Red" ("Rouge") and "Blue" ("Bleu"). Taking the three concepts behind the French flag (liberty, equality and fraternity), Kieslowski created a colorful, emotional masterwork.
In "Blue," Julie loses her composer husband and her young daughter in a horrible car crash. Enveloped in her grief, she leaves her country mansion and takes a small apartment in Paris. But the haunting memory of her husband's music -- and the love of his former coworker -- keep drawing her back to her old life.
In "White," Polish immigrant (and born loser) Karol Karol is divorced by his sexy, ruthless wife Dominique. She takes all his money, his home, sleeps around and rubs it in his face, and leaves him penniless in the street. But Karol turns the tables on his beautiful Dominique when he becomes a rich man, and begins to spin an elaborate plot against her.
In "Red," the warm-hearted model Valentine accidently runs over a pregnant German shepherd. She takes the dog to its owner, but finds that he's a cold-hearted, callous ex-judge who uses a radio to spy on his neighbors. Valentine's disgust prompts the judge to turn himself in, and a strange friendship is struck between the embittered old man and the idealistic model... one that will change both their lives.
Obviously, reading the scripts for the Three Colors Trilogy can't quite recreate the experience of actually watching the film. The characters -- especially Julie and Valentine -- don't seem as rich without Juliette Binoche and Irene Jacob. And what words can recreate the swell of shimmering violins whenever Julie fades out? But Kieslowski's screenplays hint at the splendor and grandeur of his visions for these films. He brings the words to life in a way that few screenwriters can, and his descriptions of the characters and how they look, act, feel is phenomenal.
The Three Colors Trilogy is a modern classic of cinema, with its haunting characters and beautiful direction. So check out the wonderful screenplays that launched those films. Beautiful, heartfelt.
21 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars No question about it -- pick up this book! 18 April 2000
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This book is a screenplay of Kieslowski's famous movie trilogy. The films are amazing, and the book is no less terrific. It has three great, interweaving stories, all great read by themselves but a masterpiece when read together. This is one book I will read over and over again, and so will anyone else interested in a great script or story.
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