Nearly two decades after their release, Krzysztof Kie?lowski’s Three Colors films—Blue, White, and Red—are still eliciting ecstatic responses from critics. In a review of the trilogy, now out in special edition Blu-ray and DVD box sets from Criterion, the Los Angeles Times’s Sheri Linden gives some background for what she calls “one of the most eloquent story cycles ever committed to film”: “Completed in an astounding nine months, Three Colors was only the director’s second venture, after The Double Life of Véronique, outside his native Poland. He gave an accomplished international cast—Juliette Binoche, Julie Delpy, Irène Jacob, and Jean-Louis Trintignant—some of the best roles of their careers, and they deliver indelible work.” And about Kie?lowski’s filmmaking, she adds, “The penetrating eye for behavioral detail in his films can recall Bergman, Dreyer, or Bresson.”
A kaleidoscope of praise from others: Matt Hough of Home Theater Forum calls Three Colors “movies for the ages; inarguable cinematic jewels which adorn film history with their creative cinematography, intense, cleverly worked out stories, and superb acting.” Clark Douglas of DVD Verdict considers it “one of the great cinematic achievements of the twentieth century, a series every serious movie buff needs to experience at some point.” And for Slate, Dan Kois singles out White, saying it “looks now like Kieslowski’s finest film . . . a sharp-edged comedy of manners.”
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