Documentary

Krzysztof Kieslowski – Pierwsza milosc AKA First Love (1974)

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a description by one of IMdB members:
A pretty 17 year old girl is told she’s pregnant by a doctor who also says that she is not a candidate, for some unexplained reason, for an abortion. Instead she is going to marry her boyfriend. The boyfriend, 20, is going to get an exemption from the draft for this. Someone say ‘silver lining’? Read More »

Krzysztof Kieslowski – Z punktu widzenia nocnego portiera AKA From a Night Porter’s Point of View (1978)

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a description by one of IMdB members:
This is quite simply a weirdy. It would be in anyone’s opus but in Kieslowski’s it’s even stranger. Simply the monologue of a Night Porter (or Night Watchman might be a better translation). It is filmed very simply and straight forwardly and in some scenes the whirring if the camera’s motor can be heard.

The night porter is going on about his theory of life and at first its a bit bathetic because its clear that the man is somewhat stunted and narrow in his ambitions. I saw this on the same bill as SPOROJ and it was made around the same time. There is a connection in the men’s similar overweening modesty which recalls such mythical characters as Gimple the Fool. They are men who describe their own lives within strictly constricted parameters. Read More »

Krzysztof Kieslowski – Murarz AKA Bricklayer (1973)

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a description by one of IMdB members:
A bit of color for once, all the better to see the red flags with, not to mention the obvious aerial file footage of Warsaw. The story concerns Jozef Malesa, the mason or bricklayer of the title. He was once the darling of the party, the son of two old party activists, a worker of heroic reputation, his own commitment to The Movement unquestioned. He was chosen to be destined for great things, specially educated and pushed forward to positions of responsibility in the Party. Eventually he decides, because of the ethical pressures which he feels from the obstructionism of the bureaucracy from above, he asks to return to be a simple bricklayer. He is disturbed with the way the Party deals with people, especially their lack of direct contact. He thinks workers know better than the leadership many times but that’s not the way power flows. He is uncomfortable with the compromises to his idealism. He remains committed to social justice and joins his friends for the May Day rally where his comfort and confidence in his place in society cause him to defer to no man, certainly no rat faced men in overcoats with red armbands. His great pleasure in life moreover is laying brick. He finds the work satisfying and fulfilling which is why he was such an obviously superior worker in the first place. Read More »

Krzysztof Kieslowski – Dworzec aka Railway Station (1980)

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Description: Kieslowski’s later film Dworzec (Station, 1980) portrays the atmosphere at Central Station in Warsaw after the rush hour. It opens with the main television news at 7:30PM, providing information about the communist party leader, Edward Gierek. The recurrent image, Orwellian in spirit, of security cameras watching people, organises the film. In the last scene the camera moves inside the surveillance room and presents various images of the station on multiple screens. Its political, Orwellian touches aside, Station is chiefly admired for its attention to detail, its portrayal of tired, almost inanimate faces, “people looking for something”, the reality that has nothing to do with the optimism of the television news. Read More »

Eileen Anipare & Jason Wood – A Short Film About Dekalog: An Interview with Krzysztof Kieslowski (1996)

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A Short Film About Dekalog: An Interview with Krzysztof Kieslowski was initially conceived as a final-year degree project for the University of North London. Using equipment borrowed from the University, the project was privately funded in its entirety by filmmakers Eileen Anipare and Jason Wood, and post-production was completed within a hectic week-long period. These constraints largely account for the somewhat rough-and-ready look of the film, but it is beyond doubt a valuable piece of documentary, given that it is one of the final interviews Kieslowski gave before his untimely death and most likely his last for a non-Polish entity. (from the DVD) Read More »

Werner Herzog – Into the Abyss (2011)

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Plot / Synopsis

In his fascinating exploration of a triple homicide case in Conroe, Texas, master filmmaker Werner Herzog probes the human psyche to explore why people kill-and why a state kills. In intimate conversations with those involved, including 28-year-old death row inmate Michael Perry (scheduled to die within eight days of appearing on-screen), Herzog achieves what he describes as “a gaze into the abyss of the human soul.” Herzog’s inquiries also extend to the families of the victims and perpetrators as well as a state executioner and pastor who’ve been with death row prisoners as they’ve taken their final breaths. As he’s so often done before, Herzog’s investigation unveils layers of humanity, making an enlightening trip out of ominous territory. — (C) Official Site Read More »

Krzysztof Kieslowski – Siedem kobiet w róznym wieku AKA Seven Women of Different Ages (1979) (HD)

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Each day of the week is represented by a ballerina beginning with a young child and ending with an older ballet teacher. (IMDb) Read More »