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Kieślowski Discovered

11 December 2017

The creative output of Krzysztof Kieślowski still attracts unwavering interest in the world. Scholars and enthusiasts of his works pay most attention to his feature films. Meanwhile, the remarkable achievements of this artist, which Polish cinema can be proud of, remain less known, not to say undiscovered. Many of these films have been released on DVD, can be found on the internet, yet the process of revealing their artistry and originality is slow. As a proof of a profound semantic capacity of Kieślowski’s short documentaries can serve this year’s issue (1/2015) of an excellent Short Film Studies journal, in which its editor-in-chief, prof. Richard Raskin, a renowned American film scholar, has included as many as 11 articles on a single documentary by Kieślowski – and at the same time the shortest of all (5’31’’) – namely, The Office (1966). The archive of his work, currently being established in Sokołowsko, will undoubtedly support discovering the meanings and formal values of other films by the Polish director (including his 23 documentaries).

Apart from new readings and interpretations, what remains to be revealed is the background of those films, as well as never completed projects and even the lives of people immortalised on a film tape many years ago by the maker of Seven Women of Different Ages (1978). Creation of the archive presents a unique opportunity to conduct research on the whole oeuvre of the most famous Polish filmmaker. There is no doubt that exploring the art of Kieślowski will always require referring to the sources, investigating contexts and circumstances. The more the work by the remarkable artist fascinates, attracts us and appeals to our sensitivity, the more we wish to know it better.

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