"Tarkovsky was sitting in the corner of the screening room watching SOLARIS with me, but he got up as soon as the film was over, and looked at me with a shy smile. I said to him, ‘It’s very good. It’s a frightening movie.’ He seemed embarrassed, but smiled happily.
Then the two of us went to a film union restaurant and toasted with vodka. Tarkovsky, who does not usually drink, got completely drunk and cut off the speakers at the restaurant, then began singing the theme of SEVEN SAMURAI at the top of his voice. I joined in, eager to keep up.
At that moment I was very happy to be on Earth.”
—Akira Kurosawa, on watching SOLARIS with Andrei Tarkovsky
Akira Kurosawa, on watching SOLARIS with Andrei Tarkovsky
Stunned by such work from Kieślowski.. So far, the films which I have seen of him were powerful by the characterization, although calm picturization.. Didn’t read the plot or storyline of Blind Chance before watching, and that’s how it became an absolute surprise to see a marvelous screenplay from it.. Three separate storyline which has been well differentiated by a man who try to catch the train.. Definitely a precedence to Run Lola Run (1998), Sliding Doors (1997) kinds.. As usually, the film was premiered after six years from making, because of state-imposed censorship due to the film’s political content.
The Calm (1980) Krzysztof Kieslowski’s TV Movie we have rarely noticed.. Filmed on location in Kraków (one of the oldest cities in Poland) and completed in 1976, but was banned by the state because of its subject matter — strikes were illegal in Poland during that time. The film was finally shown on Polish television for the first time on 19 September 1980. In 1981, The Calm received the Polish Film Festival Special Jury Prize.
Downloaded this movie for Maggie Cheung, and it turned out to be a wonderful story to my surprise.. We people, with all our routine responsibilities, keep on living the life as it goes on.. But memories is the very thing which reminding us that we are still humans.. Wherever we can go, however we can make our life, but the moments we treasure will always make a ringing at time connect us with what we came over.. Beautiful movie..
PS: To my surprise, I found that the person who is taking English class is none other than Wang Kar-Wai’s closest Cinematographer Christopher Doyle..