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Cinematography and ending remark.


I've only watched this movie today (yes, shame on me), and it really impressed me.

The cinematography is really masterful. Having watched another polish film last week, "Sex Mission", I thought that was the norm those times in Polish cinema. Boy, I was wrong.

A down-side of seeing this movie now, after being spoilt by modern cinema, is that the final scene was so predictable. I kept telling myself "please don't, please don't"... and then in happened. This was surely more shocking in the time and age the film was made.

One more thing- I'm curious if the screenplay was more detailed. More specifically, the girl's husband from reality no. 2. It feels like he could have been related to what happens in the end, because of his job.

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Kieslowski himself wrote screenplays for his early films in a form of a novella, in several versions. Later during filming things were changed by KK or sometimes by the official censorship. I have the final screenplay versions of KK's early movies in polish(before his collaboration with Piesiewicz)or rather the closest versions to the released movies. A great read.

As in K's later movies, destinies of all his characters are connected. In the script for "Blind Chance" Vera's husband was a highly skilled aviation engineer/mechanic responsible for checking engines of the airliners. His father was a psychiatrist who worked at the facility for junkies and was stabbed with a fork by one of the rebellious drug addicts. After visiting his father in a hospital, Vera's husband went to the facility and beat up the attacker. Since he'd gotten into trouble for doing that someone less experienced did the check-up of the plane Witek boarded in story #3. The scene where Vera's husband has a conversation with his wife (after she told him straight to his face that she cheated on him) about punishing the guy who hurt his father, didn't make it to the final cut.

If you liked Blind Chance you should see Camera Buff(Amator). By KK's own admission it's his most personal film. One time he was a documentary filmmaker who chose not to submit his brilliant short "From a point of view of a night porter" to a film festival realizing his work would destroy the central character - a simple, primitive man who served as a case study of authoritarian thinking. After that experience Kieslowski turned into traditional movie-making with fictional characters to tell his "taken from life" stories.

As for the final scene, some might have considered it cynical at that time, as it implies that remaining neutral, or not politically involved in this case, and simply minding your own business might not be rewarded or even be punished because of the fickle nature of life.

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That's quite some fascinatig info, and it's somewhat of a shame that all those details did not make it into the finished product. Nevertheless, it's a brilliant movie.

After "Blind Chance", I have watched the "Three Colours" trilogy, more or less in a row. Soon I'll check out "The Double Life of Veronique", followed by "Amator".

Actually, I'm curious about all of his work.

Thank you for taking the time to write such a helpful and lovely reply.

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You're welcome. Glad I could shed some light on the hinted rather than explained events. Someone in an earlier post asked about Woody Allen connection since Vera mentioned "Manhattan" to Witek. This wasn't in the screenplay though, they just went to see a movie. I simply remember that Manhattan was popular and somewhat of a cult movie among the cinephiles at that time so I guess KK spontaneously made a nod to Allen's work.

What's interesting about the Three Colors trilogy is that it contains repackaged ideas from KK's early movies. Red took many elements from Blind Chance, Blue from No End and White from The Decalogue X, which was the funniest episode and one of my favorites besides part VI and V. It even features the same actors, Stuhr and Zamachowski playing brothers, just like in White.

Double life of Veronique is the most metaphysical out of all his movies, a sort of a prequel to the trilogy.

Enjoy!

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Are you a film scholar, or into filmmaking? I'm just curious.

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Just an aficionado and a big fan of KK. His early films shaped my youth :)

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That's a good point about the airline mechanic.

I agree that the cinematography is masterful. So much so that it comes through on the Criterion DVD on my big 4K TV. I was initially disappointed that it wasn't on Blu-ray, but they really got the most out of that 480p format!

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