By David Zou
If one were to compare all the greatest European directors, Krzysztof Kieslowski would clearly stand out as being the only true legatee, capable of bringing the same amount of rigorous philosophical discussion to European cinema, as Andrei Tarkovsky, Robert Bresson, and Ingmar Bergman brought to European cinema in their respective eras.
Kieslowski began his career making low budget documentaries and short films, shown on Polish television in the early seventies and ended up making grand international co-productions 20 years and more than 30 films later. He always remained true to his visions no matter the circumstances, not even under the constraints of the communist censorship.
Today, Kieslowski has come, not only to define Polish or even European cinema in the late 20th century, but his work still stands at the aesthetic pinnacles of cinematic achievements, widely praised by audiences and critics alike.
Perhaps his broad appeal is due to the fact that his films deal with so many universal themes that are as relevant in America today as they were in Poland 30 years ago. Themes such as the ambivalence of love, existentialism, moral constraints of religion are all to be found amongst his repertoire.
Within these themes, Kieslowski seemed able to transcend the limitations of cinema by allowing his audience to leave their seats and enter the mesmerizing world of his films, and in doing so, his films, much like the story of Plato’s Cave, provides its audience with a new outlook on the world they live in.
One final notice before getting to the ranking of Kieslowski’s filmography is that this list only concerns Kieslowski’s feature films and TV dramas, this means that all his documentaries and shorts have been omitted from this list, and of course it goes without saying that ranking a director like Kieslowski’s work is incredibly burdensome and
From:: Taste Of Cinema