The Films of Krzysztof Kieslowski: The Liminal Image

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A&C Black, Jun 22, 2004 - Social Science - 332 pages
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Perhaps the greatest European director of the last 30 years, Krzsztof Kieslowski created a remarkable body of work in a relatively short period of time. His films are loved around the world for their dramatic power and consummate artistry.

Kieslowski's cinematic style stands apart in several important respects: his mastery of abstract imagery, his innovative use of sound and his deliberate circumvention of standard cinematic codes. Unlike many other "art" directors - who often fail to rise above commentary on the medium itself - Kieslowski uses these stylistic liberties to explore his philosophical concerns: fate, God, suffering, and love. Through close analysis of films like The Decalogue, The Double Life of Veronique, Blue, White and Red, Joe Kickasola identifies the unique qualities, and artistic legacy, of this great director.

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User Review  - Lenka_leSoleil - LibraryThing

Rather poor in genuine opinions; collection of quotes from other books on Kieslowski's art (Annette Insdorf, Danuta Stok). Page 15 gives false information on Kieslowski's death - it's said he died May 13, while in fact it was March 13. After page 15 you may not read - at least, not with trust. Read full review

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User Review  - nog - LibraryThing

I don't know what it is about Kieslowski that I like so much. Perhaps it's how much he crams into his films. This particular book approaches K. mostly from a metaphysical level, and reads more like a ... Read full review


Immediacy Abstraction and Transcendence
THE FILMS 19661994
The Decalogue Ten film series 1988
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Joe Kickasola is Assistant Professor of Communication Studies at Baylor University.

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