"Kieslowski Season!" "Tarantino Season!" "Kieslowski Season!"

To explain how I came up with my Souvenir series of ultimately inter-related short films, I went into an extended discussion of Krzysztof Kieslowski's Dekalog with someone recently. Now it turns out Riverside Studios in London is screening the entire Dekalog starting Sunday as part of its Krzysztof Kieslowski Season.

It's not like it used to be, when you could only see Dekalog in festival screenings. Now there's a 3-disc DVD version available, marginally better than the 2-disc set released briefly in 1999. There's also a boxed set of Three Coleurs out now. Still, Kieslowski's films can be visually mesmerizing; see them on the big screen when you can. [Unfortunately, I'm getting to London on the 15th, three days after the Season ends.]

At the opening of his discussion of Kieslowski's work, the Guardian's Derek Malcolm reminds us that Pulp Fiction closely beat out Three Colours: Red for the 1994 Golden Palm at Cannes. What kind of world would we live in if Kieslowski, not Tarantino, had won? Hint: Tarantino describes his latest films, Kill Bill, as a "duck press of all the grindhouse cinema" he's ever seen. If it's all the same, I'm going with wabbit.

Since 2001 here at greg.org, I've been blogging about the creative process—my own and those of people who interest me. That mostly involves filmmaking, art, writing, research, and the making thereof.

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