Three Colors: Blue, White, Red [Criterion Collection] [4 Discs] [DVD]

This box set from the popular Criterion Collection presents three of the most acclaimed features of the 1990s, which are arguably the most accomplished works of the late Krzysztof Kieslowski's career: Blue, White and Red. A trilogy of tales about love, loss and regret, the pictures take their names from the colors of the French flag, symbolizing equality, liberty and fraternity. Yet this cannot even begin to suggest the richness or profundity of the content. The stories, which run the gamut from tragedy to comedy, weave together experiences from the interconnected lives of numerous individuals, amid complex and profound personal disruptions. Stars include Julie Delpy, Juliette Binoche, Jean-Louis Trintignant and Irène Jacob. This particular set also features a host of supplements related to the trilogy.
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Overview

Special Features

  • Three cinema lessons with director Krzysztof Kieslowski
  • New interviews with cowriter Krzysztof Piesiewicz, composer Zbigniew Preisner, and actors Julie Delpy, Irène Jacob, and Zbigniew Zamachowski
  • Selecte-scene commentary featuring actor Juliette Binoche
  • New video essays on Blue, White, and Red by film writers Annette Insdorf, Tony Rayns, and Dennis Lim
  • Full-length 1995 documentary featuring Kieslowski
  • Three Kieslowski short films - The Tram (1966), Seven Women of Different Ages (1978), and Talking Heads (1980) - plus the short film The Face (1966), starring Kieslowski
  • Interview programs on Kieslowski's life and work, featurig film critic Geoff Andrew, Binoche, filmmaker Agnieszka Holland, cinematographer Slawomir Idziak, Insdorf, Jacob, producer Marin Karmitz, and editor Jacques Witta
  • Behind-the-scenes programs for White and Red, and a 1994 short documentary on Red's world premiere
  • Original theatrical trailers
  • New improved English subtitle translations

Synopsis

Red
The concluding chapter in filmmaker Krzysztof Kieslowski's "Three Colors" trilogy, Red stars the luminous Irène Jacob as Valentine, a young student and fashion model who befriends a bitter former judge (Jean-Louis Trintignant, his character a proxy for Kieslowski himself). Their accidental meeting is just one of the many chance encounters woven through the narrative fabric of this feature, the most accomplished effort in Kieslowski's highly ambitious series. Like its predecessors, Red corresponds to a color of the French flag, as well as the color's symbolic attributes. The subject here is fraternity, and indeed, its central characters are all closely connected, their destinies locked on a collision course. The film's final scene even ties up the trilogy by bringing together the protagonists of the other features. ~ Jason Ankeny, Rovi

Blue
The first chapter in Polish filmmaker Krzysztof Kieslowski's "Three Colors" trilogy, Blue stars Juliette Binoche as Julie, the lone survivor of an automobile crash that killed her husband, a famed composer, and their only child. Despondent, Julie attempts suicide, but she cannot bring herself to take her own life. Instead, she sets about starting over, purging all remnants of her former existence in an attempt to sever her ties to the past. A piece in the trio of films loosely inspired by the colors of the French flag and their corresponding symbolic qualities, the basic focus of Blue is liberty. ~ Jason Ankeny, Rovi

White
The second feature in filmmaker Krzysztof Kieslowski's "Three Colors" trilogy, the black comedy White features Zbigniew Zamachowski as Karol Karol, an expatriate Polish hairdresser whose French wife (the breathtaking Julie Delpy) divorces him after just six months of marriage because of his impotency. Penniless and devoid of his passport, Karol must journey back to Poland by hiding in a trunk. Upon his return, he slowly begins amassing a considerable fortune, ultimately hatching a perverse plot for revenge. Often unjustly dismissed as the weak link in the trilogy, White grows in strength upon repeated viewings. An allegory about equality, the film is mordantly witty, a cynical look at power, marriage and capitalism. ~ Jason Ankeny, Rovi

Krzysztof Kieslowski: I'm So-So...
This Danish documentary surveys the life of Polish filmmaker Krzysztof Kieslowski. He is best known for his Three Colors Trilogy that is comprised of the films Blue, White and Red. In conversations filmed just a few months before his death, documentary director Krzysztof Wierzbicki attempts to probe Kieslowski on his work, life and philosophy. Given Kieslowski's unforthcoming response to questions about why he made his internationally acclaimed television series, The Decalogue, however, it appears that the interviews were not extremely informative, though they do give one an appreciation for his sly sense of humor and quick intelligence. The film has a narrative, however, which outlines his life and work in some detail. This is a Polish language film. ~ Clarke Fountain, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Jean-Louis Trintignant
    Jean-Louis Trintignant - The Judge
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    Frederique Feder - Karin
  • Jean-Pierre Lorit
    Jean-Pierre Lorit - Auguste
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