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Kieslowski on Kieslowski - Krzysztof Kieślowski, Danusia Stok If I had known how rewarding this book was going to be, I would have read it 2 months ago, when I bought it. I think I’ve seen it on the art shelf at Carturesti for over a year, and every time I went there I asked myself whether to buy it or not. It was the only copy btw. Speaking of, it is a horrible edition (the Romanian one), ugly cover, poor paper; too bad a treatment for it. But it exists, and that’s great.

Well, it might sound like a cliché, but coming from a former communist country helped me understand Kieślowski better. Take the compulsory army enrolment for example. I’ve heard tens of stories about how young men avoided it, but none as funny – or rather scary and dangerous – as K’s. And then the censorship – every film, theater play, or piece of writing had to be approved by 'smart' people from different important committees. In her book [b:Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books|2886008|Reading Lolita in Tehran A Memoir in Books|Azar Nafisi|http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41k3JNz-34L._SL75_.jpg|903067], Azar Nafisi mentions that the person who approved what films the Iranians should watch was actually blind!

I wanted to justify my pleasure of reading directors autobiographies, but I won’t, eventually. I’ll only add that Kieślowski’s films are some of the most sensitive, deep and intuitive films I ever had the chance to watch, and if you stumble upon Trois couleurs (Bleu, Blanc, Rouge), The Double Life of Véronique, or The Decalogue, don’t miss them!


This ends the biographies of my favourite film directors’ quartet (Fellini, Bergman, Truffaut & Kieslowski). Their films have changed my view (and taste) on cinematography for the last 5 years. Unfortunately all of them are dead now, but there’s still a lot of their work to be seen.