Saturday, October 28, 2006

Kieslowski retrospectives

Being the 10th anniversary of Kieslowski's death, this year has seen, and will see, a lot of "Kieslowski retrospectives". Check out the "Events" section of Weronika's World, Krzysztof Kieslowski et Irenka (in French), or Kino Kieslowski - Chat for information.

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Weronika's World

Weronika's World is one of the few Kieslowski sites that are still active these days.

According to Alexandre Fabbri, "Weronika's World was created to look at the kind of questions that Kieslowski was asking in his films."

He has also just started a blog (The Blog of Weronika's World), with Discussion on the non-documentary films of Krzysztof Kieslowski as the inaugural entry.

Saturday, October 21, 2006

Uncaptive Mind

Many critics have concluded that Kieslowski's art was an exotic, twisted plant unable to bloom without political repression and state censorship. But that conclusion is unfair. What does the magnificent example of Czeslaw Milosz tell us, if not that Polish artists can thrive in freedom and even survive consumerism? (Uncaptive Mind by Martha Bayles)

Friday, October 20, 2006

Counterfeit, metaphysical gibberish, professional mystification

Just came across a profile on Kieslowski written by Ewa Nawoj and Jan Strekowski more than 2 years ago for Polish Culture.

Kieslowski is generally revered all over the world as one of the greatest directors. But he remains a controversial figure within his own country. Read, for example, how the authors end the profile:

This penchant for using signs is equally evident in Kieslowski's other films of this period. Kornatowska perceives this last stage of Kieslowski's oeuvre as the director's effort to join in the "fashionable, world, pop-metaphysical current." And she is hardly alone in holding this view.

Kieslowski was a controversial director. This is something that even such a great enthusiast of Krzysztof Kieslowski's cinema as Stanislaw Zawislinski readily admits, writing in the previously cited book:

"What delights some about Kieslowski's current cinema annoys and repulses others. What appears to some to be fresh, innovative, wise, moving, penetrating, to others seems 'counterfeit,' 'metaphysical gibberish,' 'professional mystification.'"

Thursday, October 19, 2006

Thursday, October 12, 2006

《沉重的肉身》

劉小楓的《沉重的肉身—現代倫理的敘事緯語》內有三專章剖析奇斯洛夫斯基其人及其電影。

好文章理應一讀再讀,更何況今年是奇氏的十年祭?

《沉重的肉身—現代倫理的敘事緯語》 (新浪網 讀書頻道)

- 「性感、死感、歌聲」(《薇娥妮卡的雙重生命》)
- 「愛的碎片的驚鴻一瞥」(總論奇斯洛夫斯基)
- 「艱難的自由倫理」(《十誡》的倫理觀)

Monday, October 09, 2006

奇書讀後

看罷奇斯洛夫斯基十年祭特刊,內容出乎意料地尚可接受。

楊秀慧、家明、湯禎兆、羅展鳳和也斯的文章雖非傑作,但也並不失禮。

朱瓊愛和李志毅的訪問稿,如今讀來,還是饒有趣味。

《號外》去年的三篇訪問稿,是難能可貴的有心人之舉。

當然,畢明和李照興的,一如以往,必屬爛文。

麥聖希其人其文,以往未曾接觸。他寫的序,倒是羞家得很。或許他認為,作為十年祭策劃,便理所當然地是序文人選。即使如此,也應交出一篇較似樣的功課呀。

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湯禎兆談「奇斯洛夫斯基」

Saturday, October 07, 2006

奇氏特刊拿到手了

承朋友甲餽贈和朋友乙帶貨,香港百老匯電影中心為奇氏十年祭出版的特刊《奇斯洛夫斯基 Kieslowski》終於拿到手了。



內容爾爾,印刷精美。

有的文章以前已見過面,有的是新相識,這一兩天務必好好讀讀。

Friday, October 06, 2006