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KRZYSZTOF KIESLOWSKI

Poland

Born: Warsaw, Poland, 27 June 1941.
Died: Warsaw, Poland, 13 March 1996.


Krzysztof Kieslowski (JPG, 16 KB)

A leading figure in Eastern European cinema of the 70s and 80s. A graduate of the Lodz film school, he turned out his first film in 1969 and first captured international attention with Camera Buff (1979), a satirical critique of political movie censorship in his native land. Several of his earlier and subsequent films were banned or shelved for long periods. Some won awards at international film festivals, including A Short Film About Killing and A Short Film About Love, both feature versions of segments from his mammoth Dekalog / The Ten Commandments (1988)a series of ten TV films, each representing a biblical commandment through a modern story reflecting the drab reality of Poland today. The screening of the entire cycle was the central event of the 1989 Venice Film Festival. He usually writes or collaborates on his own scripts.

Ephraim Katz, The Film Encyclopedia



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