Fucky Film Review!

Three Colors (Blue, White, Red)

Posted by Web Manager on July 14, 2009

Krzysztof Kieslowski

Blue (1993)

 

If I had to pick a favorite among the trilogy it would have be this one, loosely based on the political ideal represented by the color blue in the french flag – liberty. Over and over again, the film moves from the inner experiences of the heroine, beautifully conveyed with the use of music, color and detail, to the collective journey that all of the characters in the story – and indeed the world – must take, whether they like it or not. This is a recurring theme in all three of the films, but it comes across most in Blue. Juliette Binoche.

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White (1994)

 

WHITE, which stands for equality, is most people’s least favorite among the trilogy, and in fact most people I’ve talked to haven’t even seen it. I think this is a mistake. Working without a dominant color, that is, in the absence of color, Kieslowski gives us a character named Karol Karol who undertakes the ultimate act of creation (of self) out of a desperate and obsessive love. The scene in the Warsaw metro is unbelievable. All of the films confront death in one way or another, but WHITE does it in the most original and thought provoking way.

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Red (1994)

 

My favorite thing about RED (fraternity) was Jean-Louis Trintignant in the role of a retired judge who listens to his neighbors’ phone conversations and asks difficult questions about the nature of truth. Trintignant (who starred in one of my favorite movies of all time – THE CONFORMIST) reminds me of Steve McQueen, but more talented, and it’s cool to see how compelling he remained in his old age.  RED was the most dramatic of the trilogy – in part because of the especially pronounced use of the color, which at times was so blinding I lost track of the story. This was the last film the director made before he died.

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