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Seeing Beauty

“Life etches itself onto our faces as we grow older,” Rembrandt once said, “showing our violence, excesses or kindnesses.” Whenever I look at this sepia-toned photograph of my great-grandmother (whom I called “Granny Watson”), I see the beauty of her age: the wrinkles etched into her face are put there by the years of life, of love, of laughter, of hardships, of what it means to be human and to live. 846 more words

My favorite Krzysztof Kieslowski film: "Red"

“Red” the third film of Krzysztof Kieslowski’s trilogy based on (and saturated by) the colors of the French flag, which represent liberty, equality, and fraternity, This film, the one with fraternity as its theme, has been greatly admired by many critics. 907 more words


Two stand-alone Kieslowski films

I’m not at all surprised that Krzysztof Kieslowski’s “Blind Chance” (Przypadek) was blocked in communist Poland after he shot it in 1981. I’m surprised that it was released even in 1987. 356 more words


Decalogue 7-10

“Episode VII” of Krzysztof Kieslowski’s “Dekalog”/”Decalogue” is linked to “Thou Shalt Not Steal.” Majka (Maja Barelkowska), its anti-heroine, at one point asks if one can steal what is one’s own, in this instance, Ana (Katarzyna Piwowarczyk), a child Majka bore at age 16 and who has been raised as the younger sister of the biological mother, Ewa (Anna Polony). 2,016 more words


Decalogue 1-3

I am less awed than many by Polish writer/director Krzysztof Kieslowski’s (1941-96) widely acclaimed “Three Colors” trilogy (though I like the perverse humor of “Rouge”/“Red”). There is no way that I would try one of the marathon screenings of all ten hour-long parts of the 1989 “Decalogue,” and I have (obviously!) been in no hurry to examine this work much hyped as “profound” and a “masterpiece” (or series of masterpieces). 1,140 more words


Three Colors: White

I suppose you could consider this a kind of supplement to my ongoing series of articles exploring the Sight an Sound Top 250, since both… 1,378 more words


Moving pictures 2018, #4

I still seem to be watching a lot of films. Normal service – well, normal as of 2015 – should be resumed soon…

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