Saturday, June 07, 2008

A masterclass for young directors

(This old article was previously unknown to me)

In the summer of 1994 the Polish director Krzysztof Kieslowski (1941 - 1996) gave a workshop in Amsterdam on 'Directing actors' for young directors. For a fortnight various groups worked every day on a scene from Ingmar Bergmans scenario "Scenes from a Marriage". It was Kieslowskis last try at teaching. The following text is an interview given by Kieslowski during this workshop.

Krysztof Kieslowski: A masterclass for young directors 1994

Of course everyone is right saying censorship is bad. But you can benefit from it as well. Looking at Eastern European cinema; Hungarian, Russian, Czech or Polish you see that existence of censorship forced them to search for possibilities that they did not know about. Communication with the audience above the level of the censor created possibilities which collegues in the West never had. ... Everyone was aware of what was allowed and tried to play the game of balancing on the razor's edge. Not to fall where the censor forbids, prevents, cuts out and eliminates. And on the other hand not to surrender to the censor...not to fall into meaninglessness which nobody understands nor wants to listen to.