By Dr. Laura Wilhelm
Hollywood, CA (The Hollywood Times) 8/21/19 – Three cheers for the red, white, and blue! Even if it was produced in Poland, France, and Switzerland.
In the early 1990’s the late Polish film director Krzysztof Kieślowski created three modern classic films starring three of Europe’s finest young actresses. This was Kieślowski’s famed BLUE/WHITE/RED “Three Colors” trilogy, said to be a brilliant meditation on loss, suffering, solitude, and hope.
On Sunday, September 8th, 2019, the equally famed Egyptian Theatre located at 6712 Hollywood Boulevard will screen the entire “Three Colors” trilogy beginning at 5 p.m. All three films can be viewed for the special ticket price of just $15 ($13 for members). No vouchers please for this one of a kind triple feature!
In BLUE (Bleu, 1993, 98 minutes), Juliette Binoche plays a chic Parisian woman who is determined to start a new life after the loss of her husband and daughter in a car accident. Binoche’s startling performance in BLUE set a new standard for French cinematic beauty. In French, Romanian and Polish with English subtitles.
In WHITE (Blanc, 1994, 91 minutes), Julie Delpy plays a frustrated woman who leaves her impotent husband, sparking a series of skirmishes between the two in which Kieślowski expresses his theme of “equality” via its darkest implications – in terms of revenge and getting even. The film is both a biting sex satire and a witty portrait of Poland in the early 1990s. In contextualizing his characters within the failure of communism in WHITE, Kieślowski argues that true equality is an unattainable pipe dream. In Polish, French, and Russian with English subtitles.
In RED (Rouge, 1994, 98 minutes), Irène Jacob plays a Swiss model who meets an embittered former judge who spies on his neighbors, and also crosses paths with an intriguing young law student. In RED Kieślowski brings together the main characters from all the THREE COLORS stories during a storm-tossed ferry ride. In French with English subtitles.
As can be seen, these three features taken together have a total running time of over 4 1/2 hours. So supersize your popcorn and drink combo and prepare for an intense evening of immersion in the fathomless murk of the Slavic soul with Trois Couleurs! This reporter for one cannot wait.