Three Colors: White (Trois Couleurs: Blanc)
Introduced by Annette Insdorf, and preceded by a book signing at 4:15 p.m.
Dir. Krzysztof Kieslowski. 1994, 90 mins. 35mm. With Zbigniew Zamachowski, Julie Delpy, Janusz Gajos, Jerzy Stuhr. The most playful and earthiest of the Three Colors films follows the adventures of Karol Karol (Zamachowski), a Polish immigrant living in France. The hapless hairdresser leaves Paris for his native Warsaw when his sexually frustrated wife (Delpy) sues him for divorce and then frames him for arson after setting her own salon ablaze. Penniless and set adrift, Karol tries to put his life back together while dreaming up an elaborate strategy for revenge. This underrated film manages to be both darkly comedic about the economic inequalities of Eastern and Western Europe and ingeniously profound about the power of twisted love. The screening will be introduced by Annette Insdorf, author of Double Lives, Second Chances: The Cinema of Krzystzof Kieslowski, and will be preceded by a book signing.
Made during the dawn of the formation of the European Union, the Three Colors feature films work separately and as a trilogy, exploring everyday contemporary implications of the French Revolution’s three concepts, as represented on the country’s French flag: Liberty (Blue), Equality (White), and Fraternity (Red). “When you deal with these ideas practically, you do not know how to live with them. Do people really want liberty, equality, fraternity?” (Krzysztof Kieslowski)
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