September 12, 2022

three colors (1993, 1994, 1994)

Three Colors: Blue (1993)

Three Colors: White (1994)

Three Colors: Red (1994)

The Three Colors Trilogy 

The final masterworks from the Polish filmmaker Krzysztof Kieślowski

Krzysztof Kieślowski died at 54, two years after he announced that Three Colors: Red would be his final movie. It is absolutely astounding to realize he made these movies at a time that most would feel is around mid-life. Watching them feels like receiving the gift of lifelong wisdom from a truly deep thinking, deep feeling person. And a person who in particular had that rare, remarkable ability to then communicate to others cinematically what they observed and felt in life.

I finally got to see the trilogy this past August *at a movie theater*. The color motifs were obvious, but not overbearing. I could recall certain images and objects that honored the movie names, but it wasn't until I took these screenshots that I saw just how much the colors were threaded into the films with each and every set/costume/lighting choice. 

Movies like these are such an important reminder of what cinema can really do and communicate; how in the hands of a master, they can help us understand self-actualization, how we relate to one another, spirituality, all the joys and impossibilities of living.