The Three Colors trilogy

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Three Colors trilogy
Threecoloursposter.jpg
Directed byKrzysztof Kieślowski
Produced byMarin Karmitz
Yvonne Crenn
Written byKrzysztof Kieślowski
Krzysztof Piesiewicz
StarringJuliette Binoche
Zbigniew Zamachowski
Irène Jacob
Music byZbigniew Preisner
CinematographyEdward Kłosiński
Piotr Sobociński
Slawomir Idziak
Editing byUrszula Lesiak
StudioCanal+
Distributed byMK2 Distribution
Release dates
  • 8 September 1993 (1993-09-08) (Blue)
  • 26 January 1994 (1994-01-26) (White)
  • 8 September 1994 (1994-09-08) (Red)
Running time288 minutes
CountryFrance
Poland
Switzerland
LanguageBlue:
French
Romanian
Polish
White:
French
Polish
English
Russian
Red:
French
Box office$6,144,162 (All 3 films)
 
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Three Colors trilogy
Threecoloursposter.jpg
Directed byKrzysztof Kieślowski
Produced byMarin Karmitz
Yvonne Crenn
Written byKrzysztof Kieślowski
Krzysztof Piesiewicz
StarringJuliette Binoche
Zbigniew Zamachowski
Irène Jacob
Music byZbigniew Preisner
CinematographyEdward Kłosiński
Piotr Sobociński
Slawomir Idziak
Editing byUrszula Lesiak
StudioCanal+
Distributed byMK2 Distribution
Release dates
  • 8 September 1993 (1993-09-08) (Blue)
  • 26 January 1994 (1994-01-26) (White)
  • 8 September 1994 (1994-09-08) (Red)
Running time288 minutes
CountryFrance
Poland
Switzerland
LanguageBlue:
French
Romanian
Polish
White:
French
Polish
English
Russian
Red:
French
Box office$6,144,162 (All 3 films)

The Three Colors trilogy (Polish: Trzy kolory) is the collective title of three films directed by Krzysztof Kieślowski, two made in French and one primarily in Polish: Trois couleurs: Bleu (Three Colors: Blue) (1993), Trzy kolory: Biały (Three Colors: White) (in French: Blanc) (1994), and Trois couleurs: Rouge (Three Colors: Red) (1994). All three were co-written by Kieślowski and Krzysztof Piesiewicz (with story consultants Agnieszka Holland and Sławomir Idziak) and have musical scores by Zbigniew Preisner.

The films were Kieślowski's first major successes in the West.

Themes[edit]

Blue, white, and red are the colours of the French flag in left-to-right order, and the story of each film is loosely based on one of the three political ideals in the motto of the French Republic: liberty, equality, fraternity. As with the treatment of the Ten Commandments in The Decalogue, the illustration of these principles is often ambiguous and ironic. As Kieślowski noted in an interview with an Oxford University student newspaper, “The words [liberté, egalité, fraternité] are French because the money [to fund the films] is French. If the money had been of a different nationality we would have titled the films differently, or they might have had a different cultural connotation. But the films would probably have been the same.”

The trilogy are also interpreted respectively as an anti-tragedy, an anti-comedy, and an anti-romance.

Films[edit]

Further information: Three Colors: Blue
Further information: Three Colors: White
Further information: Three Colors: Red

Principal cast[edit]

DVD cover
Three Colors: Blue
Three Colors: White
Three Colors: Red

Soundtrack[edit]

Music for all three parts of the trilogy was composed by Zbigniew Preisner and performed by Silesian Philharmonic choir along with Sinfonia Varsovia.

Further information: Three Colors (soundtracks)
Further information: Three Colors: Blue (soundtrack)
Further information: Three Colors: Red (soundtrack)

Reception[edit]

Blue got 100% on the Rotten Tomatoes website, based on 38 reviews.[1] The second part of the trilogy, White, was ranked with 91% based on 34 reviews,[2] while its final film, Red, was certified "Fresh" on the same website and got 100% "fresh tomatoes" from the critics.[3]

Roger Ebert included the trilogy in its entirety to his "Great Movies" list.[4]

Ranked #11 in Empire magazine's "The 33 Greatest Movie Trilogies" in 2010.[5]

Ranked #14 in Empire magazine's "The 100 Best Films of World Cinema" in 2010.[6]

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