Saturday, October 22, 2005

Five miserable hours of Krzysztof Kieslowski

While googling for recent news about Krzysztof Kieslowski, I came across an article by Danny Katz, entitled The real worst sex scene in cinema (The Age, 12/10/05). Here's where Kieslowski's name was mentioned:

Other scenes on the Worst Sex Scenes of All Time list include the poignant, tender moment from the movie Damage, in which Jeremy Irons makes love to Juliette Binoche while bashing her head against the floor, which is a pretty violent thing to do - although, in hindsight, she probably deserved it for starring in all five miserable hours of Krzysztof Kieslowski's Three Colours: Blue, White AND Red.

I don't mind him calling the Three Colours trilogy five miserable hours of cinema. He is entitled to disliking them.

But I am really annoyed by this opinionated AND ignorant guy: Juliette Binoche starred in Blue only, and appeared for just seconds in the other two (to link up the trilogy). She did not STARRED in all three films!

Monday, September 12, 2005

A review of Tanovic's Hell

Danis Tanovic's new film Hell (L'Enfer) was premiered at the Toronto IFF last week. This film, the second installment of the Heaven, Hell, Purgatory trilogy based on the joint idea of the late Krysztof Kieslowski and Krzysztof Piesiewicz, received a lukewarm review in the Hollywood Reporter, calling it "a shallow though slick French melodrama".

Thursday, September 08, 2005

Kieslowski buried and forgotten?

The other day, I told a friend that next year will be the 10th anniversary of Krzysztof Kieslowski's death. The year of his death marked, more or less, the coming of age of the internet. Web sites devoted to the director mushroomed. Even I have a humble site on his A Short Film About Love, my all-time favourite film.

But gradually, many such sites were no longer maintained/updated and forum no longer frequented by fans. Some of them simply disappeared. If 1996 was the year Kieslowski was buried, would 2006 be the year he is forgotten, at least in a web sense?

* The exception to this trend is Kieslowski sites in Chinese, whose number seems to have been rising exponentially over the past few years. I was told that Kieslowski films are much liked by China's new middle class.

* I must confess that I have not been updating my site regularly during past two years

And so I googled and yahoo!ed the net to try to locate good Kieslowski sites/pages which I am not aware of previously. Sadly, I have to report that I couldn't find many, except the following few:

A comprehensive Wikipedia entry on Kieslowski.

Paul Newell's articles on The Galilean Library: Kieslowski's Three Colours Trilogy and Tykwer's Heaven.

Rachel Hostetter Smith's article on Hollywood Jesus: Blue.

I shall try my best to find more, especially those in Chinese. So stay tuned.

* The task of searching for Kieslowski information in Chinese has been made cumbersome by the many different Chinese translations of the director's name.