Trois couleurs trilogy

Thursday, 10 April 2003

Krzysztof Kieslowski’s Trois couleurs trilogy is quite a master’s piece. Beginning with Bleu through Blanc and on to Rouge all three films deal with manifestations of love: quite poignant, and sometimes whimsical but always complicated. The direction is smooth but firm and for those initiated into the films, on a second viewing, the hand of Kieslowski — masked before — becomes quite apparent. Inside jokes abound but serve to heighten the meaning instead of dismissing it. redemption is needed throughout by all the actors and is finally obtained in Rouge. Liberty, Equality, Fraternity — Blue, White, Red — the art direction (especially in Rouge) calls constant attention to the title, and lends to viewer to appreciate the colors in all of their beauty. Shot selection is on a high scale that Hollywood often dismisses for mere seamlessness — but allows art cineastes to truly revel in the visual pleasure cinema is meant for. Damn good movies.