Docufiction: First Love (Pierwsza Milosc)
“Graduating from [film] school I wrote a paper entitled ‘Reality and Documentary Film.’ I defended the thesis that it is possible to imagine the life of any man as a story. Why think up plots when they exist in life? One only needs to photograph them. So then I tried to make a few films like this.” (Krzysztof Kieslowski).
First Love (Pierwsza Milosc) Dir. Krzysztof Kieslowski, 1974, 52 mins. 16mm.
A deeply humanist account of a naïve young couple coping with the challenges of an unplanned pregnancy. The camera follows a real girl and boy, still in school at seventeen and eighteen, as they consider and reject the option of an abortion, and then have to deal with responses and repercussions to their decision at home and school, and then manage rising bureaucratic hurdles to marriage, lodging, and income. “There were a lot of manipulations in the film. Otherwise it wouldn’t have been possible to make such a film. It is unthinkable to keep the film crew ready 24 hours a day. I had to provoke things…” (Krzysztof Kieslowski)
Please note: Due to technical issues, Curriculum Vitae (Zyciorys) (1975, 45 mins.) will now be screening as part of a new program Everyday Dramas: Documentary Shorts III, on Saturday, November 5, at 1:00 p.m.
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