Krzysztof Kieslowski

The 15 Most Criminally Underrated Film Scores of All Time

By David Zou


Whether it be a Shakespearian drama or Italian slasher, sci-fi action thriller or romantic comedy, the soundtrack plays a detrimental role in whether a film will resonate with audiences or leave them feeling underwhelmed. We hear about director – composer relationships all the time, from John Williams and Steven Spielberg to Krzysztof Kieslowski and Zbigniew Preisner; these talented duos are joined through a common passion for film but most importantly, by speaking the same aesthetic language.

Fruits of these relationships are countless masterpieces of world cinema. One could say that many great film directors partially owe their career to an exceptional composer and vice-versa. However, it is all too often that film composers are hidden in the shadows behind the spotlit cast and the genius of the director, especially when the film they have scored turns out to be a box office flop.

They too, among so many others in the film industry, are undervalued in their contribution to the art and their work is often dismissed and forgotten. Yet it is impossible to imagine great films without the presence of great scores. A composer’s relationship with the director is challenging, but often as decisive as the editing is to the script.

There are many reasons why a score may be overlooked and forgotten. Sometimes scores are lost due to a film failing at the box office, a director’s name not being successful enough or being associated with bad cinema, an unpopular genre, and often times even by their own success. Below are listed only a few examples of criminally overlooked film scores in global cinema. Hopefully they will not be for long.

15. Alexander Nevsky – Sergei Prokofiev

Alexander Nevsky

The one that started it all. Sergei Eisenstein’s historical team-up with enfant terrible of the Soviet classical music → continue…

From:: Taste Of Cinema

All 14 Krzysztof Kieślowski Movies Ranked From Worst To Best

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 → continue…

From:: Taste Of Cinema