Day 05. Your Choice For Most Visually Striking Film

I don’t know about you, but I’ve got a soft spot for the Polish director Krzysztof Kieślowski’s work, particularly the ones when he worked together with cinematographer Sławomir Idziak. Films like The Double Life of Veronique, A Short Film About Killing and Blue are beautiful film. The Double Life of Veronique I never finished, I thought it was very pretty though, so it would feel wrong to choose it because of this. A Short Film About Killing, a longer cut of one of the episodes in Kieślowski’s tv-series The Decalogue. Then the film I will choose, Blue, the first in the filmmaker’s The Three Colors Trilogy.

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Blue is a film about, Julie, a woman who’s been in a car accident together with her husband and child. She was the only one who survived the crash and afterwards decides to change her life and try to repress her feelings. It doesn’t help that her husband was a famous composer and that the story of his death is reported in the media. It also doesn’t help that there’s a rumor going around that his work was actually written by her.

It’s a beautiful version of french country-sides and city landscape of Paris without letting it become to fantastical. The film really presents real-world making it look visually fantastic without altering it. There are also a lot of objects and scenes almost all in blue. Julie has a decoration with hanging blue crystals and finds a lollipop with a blue wrapper that she saves. There is also a public pool in Paris where she goes to swim, these scenes with the low-lit room with her alone in the middle of the blue.

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What film do you think is the most beautiful and visually striking? Are you a Kieślowski super-fan who wants to slap me because I haven’t seen the two other films, White and Red, that complete the three color films. Leave your comment or forever let it be unread.

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-B

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