Thursday Nights at the Cinematheque: Krzysztof Kieślowski Retrospective Spring 2013


Manzanita Hall (Directions & Parking)


Thu., March 14 - 7:00 PM

The following screenings are open to the campus community and to the general public. Admission is free. Screenings begin at 7 PM. Hosted by Professor Tim Halloran.

Jan 24

THE 400 BLOWS posterThe Scar
(1976, 112 mins.)

Kieślowski’s feature film debut tells the story of the shifting fortunes of a massive factory project in rural postwar Poland. The Scar is filled with the vivid characters, lucid imagery and the incisive but even-handed social criticism that would define his early films.

Jan 31

SHOOT THE PIANO PLAYER posterKieślowski Documentaries and Short Subjects
(120 mins.)

A program of short films and documentaries made by Kieślowski between 1969 and 1980. More overtly political than his later feature films, these earlier efforts nonetheless reveal Kieślowski’s talent for capturing the broad complexities of the human condition.


Feb 7

JULES AND JIM posterCamera Buff

(1979, 117 mins.)

Camera Buff is a tragi-comic exploration of the craft of filmmaking. Insightful and self-reflexive, this fictional film about a documentary filmmaker is commonly referred to as a watershed in Kieślowski’s transition from documentary to fiction filmmaking.


Feb 14

THE SOFT SKIN posterBlind Chance

(1981, 122 mins.)

Kieślowski’s Blind Chance presents three separate storylines, told in succession, about a man running after a train and the different futures that could result from this seemingly ordinary incident. A transcendental meditation on fate, coincidence and choice.

Feb 21

FAHRENHEIT 451 posterNo End
Bez końca)

(1984, 122 mins.)

In No End, Kieślowski tells the story of a woman coping with the death of her husband during Poland’s turmoil of the 1980s. Here Kieślowski reveals his career-long interest in the connections between the individual psyche and the politics of collective institutions.


Feb 28

THE BRIDE WORE BLACK posterDecalogue I & II
(Dekalog I & II)

(1988, 120 mins.)

Kieślowski’s Decalogue explores the timeless moral issues of human existence through ten contemporary tales inspired by the Ten Commandments. The series begins with the first two touching and thought-provoking episodes, Decalogue I and Decalogue II.

Mar 7

Antoine and Colette Poster Decalogue III & IV
(Dekalog III & IV)

(1988, 120 mins.)

The Decalogue continues with the next two episodes, Decalogue III, which tells the story of a chance encounter between a married man and his former lover, and Decalogue IV, where Kieślowski takes on the commandment to honor one’s mother and father.

Mar 14

TWO ENGLISH GIRLS posterDecalogue V & VI
(Dekalog V & VI)

(1988, 120 mins.)

Decalogue V & VI continue Kieślowski’s Decalogue with two episodes that were later expanded into longer feature films. Decalogue V deals with the commandment against killing and Decalogue VI addresses the commandment against adultery.

Mar 21

DAY FORNIGHT posterDecalogue VII & VIII
(Dekalog VII & VIII)

(1988, 120 mins.)

The Decalogue continues with episodes seven and eight of the series. Decalogue VII concerns a woman abducting her own child, who has been raised by her parents as her sister, and Decalogue VIII is about the complicated issue of bearing false witness.

Mar 28

THE STORY OF ADELE H posterDecalogue IX & X
(Dekalog IX & X)

(1988, 120 mins.)

The Decalogue series concludes with Kieślowski taking on the coveting of another’s wife in Decalogue IX, and the coveting of goods in Decalogue X. A powerful pair of films to close-out the series in a playful way and with a darkly comedic flourish.

Apr 4

SMALL CHANGE posterA Short Film About Killing
Krótki film o zabijaniu)
(1988, 84 mins.)

Kieślowski expanded the fifth episode of his Decalogue for this disturbing and violent feature film about a young drifter who murders a taxi driver. A highly provocative statement that became a critically acclaimed and award winning feature for the director.

Apr 18

THE MAN WHO LOVED WOMEN poster A Short Film About Love
Krótki film o miłości)
(1988, 86 mins.)

A Short Film About Love began as the sixth episode of Kieślowski’s Decalogue. In this expanded stand-alone feature film, a young shy postal worker has his illusions about pure ideal love shattered by the woman who is the object of his obsessive fascination.


Apr 25

BED AND BOARD posterThe Double Life of Veronique
La Double vie de Véronique/Podwójne życie Weroniki)

(1991, 98 mins.)

Kieślowski’s international breakthrough remains one of his most well-known and beloved films. The Double Life of Véronique is an unforgettable symphony of emotion and a mysterious, metaphysical rumination on identity, love, and human intuition.

May 2

THE LAST METRO posterThree Colors: Blue
Trois couleurs: Bleu/Trzy kolory: Niebieski)

(1993, 94 mins.)

In the devastating first film of Kieślowski’s Three Colors trilogy, a woman reels from the tragic death of her husband and young daughter. More than just a blistering study of sorrow and grief, Blue is also a tale of liberation and a transcendent sensory experience.

May 9

CONFIDENTIALLY YOURS posterThree Colors: White
Trois couleurs: Blanc/Trzy kolory: Biały )

(1994, 87 mins.)

The most playful and also the grittiest of Kieślowski’s Three Colors films, White manages to be both a ticklish dark comedy about the economic inequalities of Eastern and Western Europe and a sublime reverie about twisted and irrepressible love.

May 16 CONFIDENTIALLY YOURS posterThree Colors: Red
Trois couleurs: Rouge/Trzy kolory: Czerwony )

(1994, 99 mins.)

Kieślowski closes his Three Colors trilogy in grand fashion, with an incandescent meditation on fate and chance. Red is an intimate look at forged connections and a splendid final statement from a remarkable filmmaker at the height of his powers.