Memory and Survival
The French Cinema of Krzysztof Kieslowski
Research Monographs in French Studies 7
Legenda: Oxford, 2000
The final French-language films of the great Polish director, Krzysztof Kieslowski (1941-1996) have indelibly marked the past decade. His cinema has renewed the representation of the human subject and emotion in film: space and luminous surface reveal the finest, most fragile impressions of states of mind and human consciousness. This study is the first to offer specific focus on Kieslowski’s La Double Vie de Véronique and Trois Couleurs (Bleu, Blanc, Rouge), and their place within the broader context of French film-making. Engaging with Gilles Deleuze’s discussions of the time-image, and recent work in trauma theory, Emma Wilson offers radical insights into Kieslowski’s explorations of memory, temporality, loss and desire. Memory and Survival is a highly charged defence of Kieslowski’s work, and proposes a major new reading of this cinema of blind chance and fleeting beauty.
Emma Wilson is a University Lecturer in French at Cambridge and a Fellow of Corpus Christi College.