Three Colors: Blue Film Still

Three Colors: Blue

Krzysztof Kieślowski

 
  • France
  • 1993
  • 98 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.85:1
  • French
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  • Spine #588

In the devastating first film of the Three Colors trilogy, Juliette Binoche gives a tour de force performance as Julie, a woman reeling from the tragic death of her husband and young daughter. But Blue is more than just a blistering study of grief; it’s also a tale of liberation, as Julie attempts to free herself from the past while confronting truths about the life of her late husband, a composer. Shot in sapphire tones by Sławomir Idziak, and set to an extraordinary operatic score by Zbigniew Preisner, Blue is an overwhelming sensory experience.

Cast

Credits

DirectorKrzysztof Kieślowski
ProducerMarin Karmitz
ScreenplayKrzysztof Piesiewicz and Krzysztof Kieślowski
CinematographySlawomir Idziak
Original musicZbigniew Preisner
EditingJacques Witta
SoundJean-Claude Laureux
Sound mixerWilliam Flageollet
Production designClaude Lenoir
Assistant directorEmmanuel Finkiel
Executive producerYvon Crenn
Screenplay consultantsAgnieszka Holland, Edward Zebrowski and Slawomir Idziak
Dialogue translatorMarcin Latallo
CastingMargot Caplier
Script continuityGeneviève Dufour
Set photographerPiotr Jaxa
Costume designVirginie Viard and Naima Lagrange
Hair and makeupValérie Tranier and Jean-Pierre Caminade

Disc Features

  • New high-definition digital restoration, with 2.0 DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
  • Cinema lesson with director Krzysztof Kieślowski
  • New video essay by film studies professor Annette Insdorf
  • New video interview with Three Colors composer Zbigniew Preisner
  • Selected-scene commentary featuring actor Juliette Binoche
  • “Reflections on Blue,” and Kieślowski: The Early Years, interview programs featuring film critic Geoff Andrew, Binoche, filmmaker Agnieszka Holland, cinematographer Sławomir Idziak, Insdorf, actor Irène Jacob, and editor Jacques Witta
  • The Tram (1966), a student short by Kieślowski, and The Face (1966), a short starring Kieślowski
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • New and improved English subtitle translation

Film Essays

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Three Colors: A Hymn to European Cinema

By Colin MacCabe November 15, 2011

In 1989, the Communist rule that had dominated Eastern Europe since the end of the Second World War collapsed with astonishing rapidity. If the long-term political, economic, and ideological . . . Read more »


Film Essays

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Blue: Bare Necessities

By Nick James November 15, 2011

The thematic ideas and inspirations that sparked Three Colors: Blue (1993), though typically ambitious in scope, seem sketchy when compared to the intense experience of watching this exquisite . . . Read more »

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Three Colors: A Hymn to European Cinema

By Colin MacCabe November 15, 2011

In 1989, the Communist rule that had dominated Eastern Europe since the end of the Second World War collapsed with astonishing rapidity. If the long-term political, economic, and ideological . . . Read more »


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Current_bluefg2thumb_thumbnail

Blue: Bare Necessities

By Nick James November 15, 2011

The thematic ideas and inspirations that sparked Three Colors: Blue (1993), though typically ambitious in scope, seem sketchy when compared to the intense experience of watching this exquisite . . . Read more »


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