- Paperback: 304 pages
- Publisher: Faber & Faber; Main edition (7 November 1994)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0571173284
- ISBN-13: 978-0571173280
- Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 1.8 x 21.6 cm
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #6,50,343 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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No really, this may very well be the book I have enjoyed the most, ever (though principally these kind of judgements are bollocks and nothing more, of course).
If you have the slightest acquaintance with psychoanalysis (the Lacanian field, preferably), the book should be read with Zizek's "The Fright of Real Tears". Here Zizek has some really perceptive discussions on Kieslowski the filmmaker and on charachters in the Colour Trilogy - without too many forced obscene jokes, I might add.
The book does not just focus only on the director Kieslowski, but also in the person Kieslowski.
As a big fan of Kieslowski's film, I say that this book is indispensable for all who admire his work.
In its role as giving insight into the meaning of the films, this book performs rather less well than the others. However, such is the insight that Kieslowski gives into the process of the making of the films, that 5 stars is definitely justified. The revelation that Andie MacDowell was his first choice for Weronika/Véronique is fascinating. Irene Jacob was superb, but how wonderful to be able to speculate on what Andie MacDowell would have done with the role. Perhaps the most valuable insight given is his regard for the actual shooting as just the preliminary phase. The real film emerges from the editing phase.
The late Polish filmmaker is up to the challenge, delivering his characteristic frankness nestled within the pages of this short retrospective work, narrated in his own words, and magnificently edited (translated, too?) by Danusia Stok.
The book is tailor-made for "idie" filmmaking buffs, and supplies a glimpse into the enticingly magical personality which was Kieslowski's. Eschewing a typical rote autobiographical style, Kieslowski divulges key details about himself via the device of his extensive filmography -- revealing things about his thinking process and the high value he places upon delicate human emotionality through a step-by-step examination of his long filmography.
Spanning his early years as a prominent documentary filmmaker during the stifling years of Polish Communism and state censorship -- especially during the imposition of Marshal Law in Poland during 1980-1 when Kieslowski couldn't work for half a year -- and ending with his magnificent trilogy "Barwy" (Three Colours: Blue, White, Red), we're subjected to a feast of Kieslowski-isms regarding his thoughts pertaining to such diverse notions as:
** casting for acting talent.
** Kieslowski's penchant for making his ENTIRE crew a part of the idea-generating process for his films.
** the nature of artistic filmmaking in Europe compared to commerical filmmaking in the US.
** the demands of time on a filmmaker's personal life.
** the differing range of skills between Western and Polish filmmaking crews.
A right pity Krzysztof Kieslowski is no longer with us to share to a burgeoning generation of up-and-coming filmmakers what might very well some none-too-optimistic viewpoints on the state of today's "international" filmmaking.
The book is written in Kieslowski's typical unassuming style -- par for the course from the Polish master. The late director doesn't bowl you over with how much he knows about film history, or about the complicated craft of filmmaking. Kieslowski doesn't tell you that he's better than you or me. Rather, through a detailed accounting of his past achievements, Kieslowski's emphasis is always upon that which is most human: the wellspring of all his works, and the central reason why filmmakers must indeed make films, in his esteemed opinion.
Still, I found the book ended suddenly.
Not shockingly so, just that the work might have gone on for much longer than its seemingly scant 227 pages. There's so much to know about this magnificent paragon of the film community, and if anything, it will be a primer for further reading on the man, the legend, and his favourite subject: films.
-- ADM in Prague