Sunday, March 29, 2009

The Musicians

I am a big fan of the work of the Polish film director, Krzysztof Kieslowski.  I regularly revisit many of his films and consider them some of my favorite artworks of the latter Twentieth Century.  These films include, The Double Life of Véronique, The Colors Trilogy (Blue, White and Red), and The Dekalog.  Kieslowski often colloborated with the Polish composer, Zbigniew Preisner on these films.  Preisner's sparse scoring seems to lend an extra layer of austere beauty to these important cinematic works.  

Just tonight, I ran across a short film by Kieslowski's teacher, Kazimierz Karabasz.  The film is a documentary about an amateur band comprised of tram drivers from Warsaw.  It seems as if nothing is happening, yet I find the film to be strangely moving and beautiful.  Give it a view!

1 comment:

  1. I read somewhere that this short film is about how humans always have the need to create, and for me, to seek perfection in doing so. The filmmaker shows it through the day jobs of the musicians, in the way they played and rehearsed music at the end of the day, and through the panning shot of machines and factories at the end of the film.


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