Monday, September 22, 2008

Images From My All Time Favorite Films: Krzysztof Kieslowski's The Double Life of Veronique (1991)

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9 comments:

J.D. said...

This is one of those films that haunts my dreams. I developed a big crush on Irene Jacob thanks to this film and RED only sealed the deal. This is just an incredible film that really illustrates the alluring screen presence of Jacob - the camera just loves her. It's a shame that no filmmaker since has been able to convey the same kind of mystique that she radiates in those two films.

Nice collection of images.

J.M. said...

Truly a film like no other. It gets to me in ways that I find hard to verbalize.

Kieslowski & Idziak's work together was always stunning (even in a naturalistic film like The Scar), but Veronique stands above the others.

Jeremy Richey said...

Thanks to you both. This is the first of four Kieslowski films I will be eventually highliting in this series....hope those stills prove enjoyable as well....JD, I agree on Jacob. It's sucha shame that no other director has managed to capture what Kieslowski did with her...they were one of cinema's most magical teams.

J.D. said...

Jeremy:

"...It's sucha shame that no other director has managed to capture what Kieslowski did with her...they were one of cinema's most magical teams."

Yeah, I really got the feeling that she was his muse, of sorts. You really don't see that much anymore but they were a great team. It's a shame that they didn't do more films together.

Jeremy Richey said...

Thanks JD,
His work with Binoche in BLUE is incredible but there really was some spiritual connection with Irene that came out in their work together.

Steve Langton said...

Next to Red, this is the Kieslowski film I rate the highest, and no coincidence that Jacob is in both of them. KK did bring out the very best in her. She seemed totally at one with his themes and managed to convey a great sadness to her roles. Looking through his body of work, he really did have a very special talent for directing actors - you mentioned Binoche in Blue, Jeremy - and must have been a joy to work with. You chose some nice shots.

J.D. said...

Jeremy:

"His work with Binoche in BLUE is incredible but there really was some spiritual connection with Irene that came out in their work together."

You are definitely right about BLUE. That is a great film as well. Hell, the Colors trilogy is an incredible cinematic achievement. No question, there.

Tanya said...

Oh thank you so very much. This is one of my favorite films - in fact, it's one of the first "arthouse" films I'd seen as a teenager. (I don't count my fuzzy childhood recollections of Tarkovsky's "Solaris" on my parents' black and white TV set).

Jeremy Richey said...

Thanks Steve, JD and Tanya for the continuing comments. It's nice to see so much love thrown to such a deserving and special film.