Three Colors: Blue, White, Red - Criterion Collection (DVD - SONE 1)

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This boldly cinematic trio of stories about love and loss, from Krzysztof Kieslowski was a defining event of the art-house boom of the 1990s. The films are named for the colors of the French flag and stand for the tenets of the French Revolution—liberty, equality, and fraternity—but that hardly begins to explain their enigmatic beauty and rich humanity. Set in Paris, Warsaw, and Geneva, and ranging from tragedy to comedy, Blue, White, and Red (Kieslowski’s final film) examine with artistic clarity a group of ambiguously interconnected people experiencing profound personal disruptions. Marked by intoxicating cinematography and stirring performances by such actors as Juliette Binoche, Julie Delpy, Irène Jacob, and Jean-Louis Trintignant, Kieslowski’s Three Colors is a benchmark of contemporary cinema.

In the devastating first film of the Three Colors trilogy, Juliette Binoche gives a tour de force performance as Julie, a woman reeling from the tragic death of her husband and young daughter. But Blue is more than just a blistering study of grief; it’s also a tale of liberation, as Julie attempts to free herself from the past while confronting truths about the life of her late husband, a composer. Shot in sapphire tones by Slawomir Idziak, and set to an extraordinary operatic score by Zbigniew Preisner, Blue is an overwhelming sensory experience.

The most playful and also the grittiest of Kieslowski’s Three Colors films follows the adventures of Karol Karol (Zbigniew Zamachowski), a Polish immigrant living in France. The hapless hairdresser opts to leave Paris for his native Warsaw when his wife (Julie Delpy) sues him for divorce (her reason: their marriage was never consummated) and then frames him for arson after setting her own salon ablaze. White, which goes on to chronicle Karol Karol’s elaborate revenge plot, manages to be both a ticklish dark comedy about the economic inequalities of Eastern and Western Europe and a sublime reverie about twisted love.

Krzysztof Kieslowski closes his Three Colors trilogy in grand fashion, with an incandescent meditation on fate and chance, starring Irène Jacob as a sweet-souled yet somber runway model in Geneva whose life dramatically intersects with that of a bitter retired judge, played by Jean-Louis Trintignant. Meanwhile, just down the street, a seemingly unrelated story of jealousy and betrayal unfolds. Red is an intimate look at forged connections and a splendid final statement from a remarkable filmmaker at the height of his powers.

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  • <b>Blue</b>
  • Cinema lesson with director Krzysztof Kieslowski
  • New video essay by film studies professor Annette Insdorf
  • New video interview with Three Colors composer Zbigniew Preisner
  • Selected-scene commentary featuring actor Juliette Binoche
  • “Reflections on Blue,” and Kieslowski: The Early Years, interview programs featuring film critic Geoff Andrew, Binoche, filmmaker Agnieszka Holland, cinematographer Slawomir Idziak, Insdorf, actor Irène Jacob, and editor Jacques Witta
  • The Tram (1966), a student short by Kieslowski, and The Face (1966), a short starring Kieslowski
  • <b>White</b>
  • Cinema lesson with director Krzysztof Kieslowski
  • New video essay by film critic Tony Rayns
  • Two new interview programs, one with Three Colors cowriter Krzysztof Piesiewicz and one with White actors Zbigniew Zamachowski and Julie Delpy
  • Short documentary on the making of White
  • Two short documentaries by Kieslowski: Seven Women of Different Ages (1978) and Talking Heads (1980)
  • <b>Red</b>
  • Cinema lesson with director Krzysztof Kieslowski
  • New video essay by film writer Dennis Lim
  • New interview with actor Irène Jacob, plus interviews with producer Marin Karmitz and editor Jacques Witta
  • Behind-the-scenes footage
  • Short documentary on the film’s world premiere at Cannes
  • Krzysztof Kieslowski: I’m So-So . . . , a 1995 feature-length documentary in which Kieslowski discusses his life and work
Produksjonsår 1993 Format DVD
Sone Sone 1 Sjanger Drama
Antall disker 3 Spilletid 4 timer 48 minutter
Aldersgrense 15 Undertekster Engelsk
Lydformater Stereo 2.0 (Fransk) Bildeformater Widescreen 16:9 Anamorphic
Regissør Krzysztof Kieslowski Skuespillere Benoit Regent, Irene Jacob, Jean-Louis Trintignant, Julie Delpy, Juliette Binoche, Zbigniew Zamachowski
Bestillingsnummer CCIN2081DVD Serie The Criterion Collection