Saturday, September 30, 2006

我們無暇談論感情...

郝譽翔談奇士勞斯基電影

人性真誠,是奇士勞斯基的最高信條。在自傳《奇士勞斯基論奇士勞斯基》中,他說道拍電影的動機就在於:「我們無暇談論感情。我想那才是真正的癥結所在。或是我們沒有時間感受與感情有密切關係的激情。於是我們的生命就這樣從我們的指隙間流逝了。」也因此,他不用哲學的思辨,去討論譬如「自由」、「平等」、「博愛」等概念,而是要回到生活之中,觀察人如何去實踐這些道德的信念。他也從不迴避人性中的恐懼、怯懦、孤獨與自私,因為就在不完美中,我們才能領悟到命運的神秘,並且體驗到真誠與道德的關聯。

Monday, September 25, 2006

Kino Kieslowski blog

Kino Kieslowski

Not an active community blog, with only three entries so far in 2006.

Don't get mixed up with the Kino Kieslowski site though. The latter is one of the earliest sites dedicated to Kieslowski, and is sadly one of the few which is still surviving (only just). Its chat page used to be a busy one.

Saturday, September 23, 2006

Kieslowski's Grave

Powazki Cemetery, Warsaw, Poland


(Wikimedia Commons)

Lodz Walk-of-fame

Lodz is the second largest city of Poland.


(HuBar, Wikimedia Commons)


Kieslowski's father sent him to a fireman's training college at around 16. He got fed up after 3 months and went back home. Many different schools later, he got into the College for Theatre Technicians in Warsaw through a distant uncle. There he "fell totally in love with the theatre" and decided to become a theatre director. He appplied for the Lodz Film School "to become a film director, as a way of becoming a theatre director".

He was rejected twice before being accepted on his third attempt, though by then he said he had stopped liking the theatre:

"I decided that I didn't want to be a theatre director at all any more, or any sort of director for that matter. Even less a film director. In the meantime, of course, I worked because I had to have something to live on."

Despite his claim, he graduated from that famed film school and went on to become a great film director.

(Extracted from Kieslowski on Kieslowski edited by Danusia Stok)

Saturday, September 16, 2006

Mr Kieslowski, how are you?

奇斯洛夫斯基先生,你好嗎?那年的電影節以「藍」作開幕電影。那年,你親自來香港參加首演,與你見過面。

我負責宣傳工作,某個下午在大會堂安排了訪問,兼帶了官方攝影師拍照,當晚就要發佈大師來港的圖文。那次見面的細節都忘了,但那天發佈的照片卻非常難忘。 ...
(Streaming Thoughts, Flowing Visions, 31/8/06)

真希望那張照片能重現人間!

Kieslowski and smoking



In Memoriam - Krzysztof Kieslowski: To Smoke and Drink in L.A. (Harvey Weinstein)

He drank too much and smoked too much, he was proud, arrogant, entertainingly cynical - in other words, my kind of guy.

At every film festival and award ceremony, ..., Krzysztof was always there with his Polish vodka and his cigarettes, even when the event was in that smoker's hell known as L.A. I always had to assign one person on my staff to figure out where he could smoke, and, after three vodkas, my normal competitive nature was so dull that I didn't care if
we won or lost.

Krzysztof came to the Oscars last year even though they were in L.A. We found the smoking area in the Shrine for him, but had a much tougher time with the Governors Ball. He smuggled in the Polish vodka and I joined happily in his conspiracy.

An interview with Kieslowski in the 21-27 March 2004 issue

"I have no interest at all in working in the U.S. ... And besides, if I come over to work in America I will feel that with my cigarette smoking I will be disturbing everyone."

Krzysztof Kieslowski - Blue-White-Red & Green (Alex Waterhouse-Hayward)

I photographed him for the Globe & Mail on October 7, 1994. ... Kieslowski did not look well and he was chain smoking. I go this impression that he was not going to be around for long. A year later he had a heart attack and barely recovered. ... As he looked straight into my camera I saw a man who was preparing to die.

(Click the above text block to view the "preparing to die" photo of Kieslowski, with cigarette in his hand)

Mr Kieslowski, how are you? (Streaming Thoughts, Flowing Visions)

於是就讓你站在展板前,受傷的手放在胸前,另一隻手手指夾著抽了一半的煙,深遽的眼定睛看著鏡頭,表情滿不在乎的,不笑,卡擦…就拍下了。

老闆說,政府大花金錢宣傳反吸煙,你點可以發d咁有形的食煙相?好像還有同事加口說,係喎係喎得唔得架。我老闆是又叻又形又喜歡講笑的人。相,當然發了,是我最難忘的宣傳照。

我相信,你的眼睛能射穿鏡頭;我知道,你知道這吸煙照帶著一點反叛。大會堂內,根本不能點煙;我也並不真的很趕,我只覺得,你的照片不能太正規,萬一時間拖長了,我怕沒有點第二枝煙的機會。

Kieslowski's Decalogue, I and II (finfelt)

This is way OT, but my favorite story about Kieslowski is that before his death he was so horrified at the militant non-smoking regulations in L.A. that he wanted to do a two-parter about heaven and hell, with hell represented by...L.A..

Three Colors: Red (1993) (American Cinematographer)

After confirming at a press conference that Red will be his directorial swan song (and it was), he states plaintively that, "My real dream is to be in the countryside, sitting on a chair, smoking."

Kieslowski's many colours (Patrick Abrahamson)

And now, at what appears to be the height of his creative talent, he has confounded viewers and critics alike by deciding to retire from directing to his country home, as he puts it, to: "smoke, read, and mow my lawn."

Retirement has, however, not been the "sitting at home and smoking cigarettes" that he had originally envisioned. "It's not that simple to sever contacts with everything that you've done for the past years. ..."

Krzysztof Kieslowski the pocket essential guide (Monika Maurer)

In 1994, at the height of his creative powers, Kieslowski stunned lovers of European cinema by announcing his retirement. He had made enough money to keep himself in cigarettes, he said. Two years later he was dead.

The panel "Colour me Kieslowski" (Oleksiy Radynski)

When Agnieszka Holland came to Poland in the beginning of the 1970’s and was introduced to a young Polish documentarist, who was admired only by a couple of colleagues but already had a habit of permanent smoking, it was impossible for her to guess that, 35 years later, she’d be discussing his art in this company.

Thursday, September 14, 2006

Saturday, September 09, 2006

Which ending for Criterion's Veronique?

As mentioned earlier, Criterion will be releasing The Double Life of Veronique in November. An interesting question arises: Which ending will Criterion use? The original version, the American version, or both?

According to Kieslowski (Kieslowski on Kieslowski, p.188), "As it is there are two versions of Veronique because I made a different one for America. We see a man emerge from a house which we already know and he calls, 'Veronique! It's cold. Come inside.' 'Dad!' Veronique says and runs to him. And cuddles up to him. That's the ending for America."

Annette Insdorf (Double Lives, Second Chances: The Cinema of Krzysztof Kieslowski, p.135) elaborates: "It is noteworthy that Kieslowski added this ending for American audiences after the film's U.S. premiere at the New York Film Festival. As Harvey Weinstein ... recalled in Premiere, Kieslowski hoped to clarify the ending ... The last shot of the French version merely shows Veronique placing her hand on the tree before her father's house."

So, the two endings are essentially the same. The American one is just more obvious. Kieslowski says this on the American eding, "It's obvious that that's her family home. You know that the man's her father. But as I've said, it hadn't been clear to the Americans before that he was her father. Maybe it was some other man fiddling around with the timber. How can you know?"

Yeah, how can the Americans know!

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(updated 9/9) According to Alain of Irenka, the Criterion materials will be the same as those of mk2, which means that only the original ending will be included (see discussions at Kino Kieslowski).

Thursday, September 07, 2006

舒琪遇上奇斯洛夫斯基的故事

舒琪是香港資深影評人,也是「藝術電影」發行商。當年他為香港引入奇斯洛夫斯基的《十誡》系列、《情誡》、《殺誡》和其他作品的VCD,功德無量。和今天的情況不一樣,當年《十誡》、《情誡》、《殺誡》是在世界各地均難以買到的。我在在人間外吞雲吐霧的奇斯洛夫斯基中,寫到香港的奇氏迷真有福,講的正是這批「創造社」VCD。

下面是舒琪網誌中兩篇關於奇斯洛夫斯基的文章:
- 遇上奇斯洛夫斯基
- 致維朗妮嘉與維朗妮嘉

Kieslowski's Inescapable Moral Horizons

Kieslowski's Inescapable Moral Horizons (Thomas Hibbs)

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

奇斯洛夫斯基有參與撰寫《情獄》劇本嗎?

坦奴域治(Danis Tanovic)導演的《情獄》(L'Enfer/Hell)一般被稱為奇斯洛夫斯基去世前與老拍檔皮舍維茲(Krzystof Piesiewicz)合作撰寫的《天堂、地獄、煉獄》三部曲的第二部曲。

其實,奇斯洛夫斯基並沒有參與撰寫《情獄》的劇本。或者,應該說來不及參與撰寫。

奇斯洛夫斯基在95年宣佈退休後,除了抽煙抽個不亦樂乎外,還與現任波蘭國會議員的皮舍維茲商討下一個三部曲計劃。據皮舍維茲表示,奇斯洛夫斯基當時無意親自執導。不幸地,奇氏在96年3月就因手術失敗去世。

在奇氏去世前,他們已訂好三部曲的大綱,而且《天堂》(後由蒂克偉Tom Tykwer執導)的劇本亦已完成或大致完成。是以《天堂》一片是以奇斯洛夫斯基和皮舍維茲為共同編劇的。

到了《情獄》,情況就較為覆雜。在發行商的網頁上,關於編劇是這樣寫的:'Krzystof Piesiewicz in consultation with Agnieszka Lipiec Wroblewska according to an original idea of trilogy "the paradise, the hell, purgatory" of Krzystof Kieslowski and Krzystof Piesiewicz'(Babelfish的法英翻譯)。即是說是由皮舍維茲根據大綱撰寫劇本的(在IMDb網頁上,編劇是Krzysztof Kieslowski (scenario),Krzysztof Piesiewicz,意思大致相同)。

相關閱讀:Heaven: An Interview with Krzystof Piesiewicz, Screenwriter for The Decalogue

羅展鳳映畫音樂隨筆

真真該打,竟到今天才知道羅展鳳的網誌的存在(流動的光影聲色:羅展鳳映畫音樂隨筆)。

羅展鳳是一位香港影評人,專注電影音樂。她的《映畫x音樂》是上佳之作。

從她的網誌帳號 zbigniew820 不難猜到,普列斯納(Zbigniew Preisner)是她鍾愛的電影音樂家,而奇斯洛夫斯基(Krzysztof Kieslowski)是她敬重的導演。

下面是其中幾篇她寫關於奇斯洛夫斯基或普列斯納的文章:
- 以光影聲色書寫靈魂:奇斯洛夫斯基x普列斯納
- Remebering Kieslowski
- 我的冷文學

另:羅展鳳的簡體網誌

Friday, September 01, 2006

命運 機遇 花開 花落

林震宇談No End及奇斯洛夫斯基式際遇

《無休無止》不單是理解《十誡》世界觀的指示路牌,片中的喪夫之痛,再由後來的《藍》(Three Coloues: Blue,1993)來延續,而《藍》又緊扣著《白》和《紅》,「藍白紅三部曲」又是法國與波蘭的對照,一切都是無休無止,命運與機會的衍化。

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林震宇另外兩篇關於奇斯洛夫斯基的網誌文:
Zbigniew Preisner的秘密花園
兩生花開花落