Krzysztof Kieslowski (Pocket Essentials) Paperback – 20 Sep 2000
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From the Back Cover
Krzysztof Kieslowski was a self-confessed pessimist who didn't like films, thought the camera was "stupid" and felt he had no talent. But his rise from relative obscurity to being recognised as one of Europe's most gifted film-makers was meteoric. Within a decade he had composed more than 1200 minutes of screen time and completed The Decalogue, his series of ten hour-long contemporary interpretaions of the Ten Commandments, as well as his celebrated Three Colours trilogy.
Then, at the height of his creative powers, Kieslowski announced that he would prefer to retire and sit quietly in a room by himself and smoke. Two years later he was dead. The image of Kieslowski as a solitary smoker is apt. His work probed the ironies of human existence, embracing many forms and spanning mysticism, tragedy, pathos, and black comedy. Most of all, Kieslowski retained an enormous generosity of spirit - and a sardonic sense of humour.
What's in this book? As well as an introductory essay, each of Kieslowski's films are discussed in detail, from Camera Buff, the film that first brought Kieslowski to international recognition, to his last film, Three Colours: Red. There is also a handy multi-media reference guide.AUTHORBIO: Monika Maurer has written for Empire, GQ, Esquire and Neon. She is editor of kamera.co.uk and has been co-ordinator of the Prague International Film Festival.