Krzysztof Kieslowski

Director, Screenwriter
A leading Polish director who achieved international acclaim from behind the Iron Curtain, Krzysztof Kieslowski began his career by making documentaries that focused on the cultural, political and economic problems of ... Read more »
Born: 06/27/1941 in Poland

Filmography

Director (24)

Dekalog 1 2000 (Movie)

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Dekalog 10 2000 (Movie)

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Dekalog 2 2000 (Movie)

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Dekalog 3 2000 (Movie)

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Dekalog 4 2000 (Movie)

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Dekalog 7 2000 (Movie)

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Dekalog 8 2000 (Movie)

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Dekalog 9 2000 (Movie)

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A Short Working Day 1997 (Movie)

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Dekalog 5 1995 (Movie)

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Dekalog 6 1995 (Movie)

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Red 1994 (Movie)

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White 1994 (Movie)

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Blue 1993 (Movie)

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The Double Life of Veronique 1991 (Movie)

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City Life 1990 (Movie)

(Warsaw - "Seven Days a Week") (Director)

The Staff 1989 (Movie)

(Director)

No End 1984 (Movie)

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Blind Chance 1981 (Movie)

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A Long Day of Work 1980 (Movie)

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Camera Buff 1979 (Movie)

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Quiet 1975 (Movie)

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From the City of Lodz 1968 (Movie)

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Writer (21)

The Big Animal 2004 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Heaven 2002 (Movie)

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Dekalog 1 2000 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Dekalog 10 2000 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Dekalog 2 2000 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Dekalog 3 2000 (Movie)

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Dekalog 4 2000 (Movie)

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Dekalog 7 2000 (Movie)

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Dekalog 8 2000 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Dekalog 9 2000 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Dekalog 5 1995 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Dekalog 6 1995 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Red 1994 (Movie)

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White 1994 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Blue 1993 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Double Life of Veronique 1991 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Staff 1989 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

No End 1984 (Movie)

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Blind Chance 1981 (Movie)

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Camera Buff 1979 (Movie)

dialogue (Writer (dialogue))

Camera Buff 1979 (Movie)

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Actor (2)

Krzysztof Kieslowski: I'm So-So... 1998 (Movie)

(Actor)

Our Hollywood Education 1991 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Biography

A leading Polish director who achieved international acclaim from behind the Iron Curtain, Krzysztof Kieslowski began his career by making documentaries that focused on the cultural, political and economic problems of Poland during the waning days of the Soviet Union. Having grown up under both Nazi and Stalinist rule, Kieslowski naturally gravitated toward the political and often remained at odds with authority, while at the same time relying on state financing to make his films. In the mid-1970s, he began moving away from documentaries toward narrative filmmaking and keeping his focus on political themes. Kieslowski rose to international fame late in the decade with "Camera Buff" (1979) and solidified his status as a powerhouse filmmaker with "Blind Chance" (1981) and "No End" (1984). But it was on Polish television that he was able to make his greatest achievement, "The Decalogue" (1988), a film cycle of 10 one-hour films that adapted each of the Ten Commandments into a modern fictional story. Universally acclaimed, the series won numerous awards and became a staple of film school classrooms the world over. Kieslowski next directed his most conventional art house film, "The Double Life of Veronique" (1991), which also brought him his greatest success. With his famed "Three Colors" trilogy - "Blue" (1993), "White" (1993) and "Red" (1994) - Kieslowski cemented his place as a towering figure of European cinema whose influence stretched across the globe.

Relationships

Maria Kieslowski

Wife
survived him

Marta Kieslowski

Daughter
survived him

EDUCATION

Lodz State Theatrical and Film College

1969
directed "Photograph" for TV while still a student

Milestones

1995

Sufferred a heart attack while at vacation home in northern Poland

1994

Announced retirement from filmmaking at the 1994 Cannes Film Festival

1993

Began making trilogy of films interrelated thematically; first film, "Blue", followed by "White" and "Red"

1991

First international feature co-production, "The Double Life of Veronique", a French-Polish co-production

1990

Contributed a segment to the 11-part anthology drama, "City Life"; each segment had a different director and Kieslowski's contribution was set in Warsaw and entitled "Seven Days a Week"

1973

Feature film writing and directing debut, "Pedestrian Subway"

1968

Short film directing debut, "Z miasta Lodzi/From the City of Lodz"

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