Krzysztof Kieslowski – Personel (1976)


Friendship, loyalty, art and ambition collide in the life of Romek, a young Polish costumer working on his first professional production in a state-run repertory company. When his best friend Sowa is fired because he argued with a senior performer, Romek tries to defend him. In a moment of triumph, he sees his works being worn during a premier performance but then is called into the office to sign a paper denouncing his friend Sowa. He must sign, or lose his job. ~ Clarke Fountain, All Movie Guide Read More »

Krzysztof Kieslowski – Krótki film o zabijaniu AKA A Short Film About Killing [+Extras] (1988)

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(Noel Megahey, DVD Times)

A Short Film About Killing started out as the fifth episode of Dekalog (Decalogue/The Ten Commandments), a series of ten short films co-written and directed by Krzysztof Kieslowski for Polish television in 1988. Dekalog 5: Thou Shalt Not Kill when expanded to a feature length film as A Short Film About Killing, loses none of its power and remains one of the most important and intensely powerful episodes from a cycle of films that dealt with many complex issues affecting our daily lives. Read More »

Krzysztof Kieslowski – Krótki film o milosci aka A Short Film About Love (1988)


Krzysztof Kieslowski’s A Short Film About Love is a companion piece not only to the landmark 1988 Dekalog miniseries, from which this expanded version originally came, but also the likewise enriched and deepened A Short Film About Killing. (It’s worth noting here that even if you’ve already seen the segment this film is based on in its original form, side-by-side with the other nine parts, the radically different and far more redemptive ending makes Love worth seeing separately.) Like all the episodes of the Dekalog, it purports to take its inspiration from one of the Ten Commandments, but in practice the segments only deal with a rigid moral law in the most obtuse and poetic way. Love dealt with the sixth commandment (against fornication), but the story of Tomek, a late-teen voyeur obsessed with Magda, a voluptuous and sexually mature woman living in an apartment across the courtyard from him, is far less brusque than its textual antecedent would indicate (though Kieslowski’s viewpoint certainly stresses a strain of auteurist omniscience and acumen). Read More »

Krzysztof Kieslowski – Krótki dzien pracy aka Short Working Day (1981)

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“The film was shelved by the censors in 1981. It was entirely out of the question to show something like that, even on television” Read More »

Charles Frend – Girl on Approval (1961)


Sheila’s 14. Her father abandoned her as a baby, her mum’s in jail and she’s stuck in a
children’s home. Every family that’s tried to look after her has found her too difficult. Now
Anne and John Howland want to foster Sheila. But if they can’t make a home for her, her
future looks bleak…

Starring Oscar Nominated actress Rachel Roberts (This Sporting Life, O Lucky Man!) as
Anne and sensitively directed by Charles Frend (The Cruel Sea, Scott of the Antarctic) Girl
on Approval is a major example of the British New Wave, a brilliant study of troubled lives. Read More »

Krzysztof Kieslowski – Personel [Complete] (1975)


review from imdb:

Semi-biography of the young Kieslowski, 21 July 2006
Author: ntimdb from Hong Kong

This is the most overtly biographic film amongst the works of the great Krzysztof Kieslowski, since Kieslowski was a very private and reserved person as I perceived him.

In “Personel”, Romek Januchta was his alter-ego, bot just bore great resemblance to the director especially when he wore glasses(to see more clearly, when he was not a new-comer anymore), he worked in the theatre in the wardrobe department just as Kieslowski did. This film is rare chance to have a glimpse of the first half of Kielslowski’s life other than it was told in books and interviews. Read More »

Mikhail Kalatozov – Neotpravlennoye pismo aka The Letter Never Sent (1960) (HD)


After months of searching, four devoted geologists unearth diamonds in Bolshaya Zemlya. Subsequently cut off from the outside world – and their food supply – by a raging forest fire, the team fights for their lives while attempting to pass along the location of the priceless cache. Read More »