Three Colors: White

Three Colors: White

Directed by Krzysztof Kieślowski • 1994 • France
Starring Julie Delpy, Zbigniew Zamachowski

The most playful and also the grittiest of Kieślowski's Three Colors films follows the adventures of Karol Karol (Zbigniew Zamachowski), a Polish immigrant living in France. The hapless hairdresser opts to leave Paris for his native Warsaw when his wife (Julie Delpy) sues him for divorce (her reason: their marriage was never consummated) and then frames him for arson after setting her own salon ablaze. WHITE, which goes on to chronicle Karol Karol's elaborate revenge plot, manages to be both a ticklish dark comedy about the economic inequalities of Eastern and Western Europe and a sublime reverie about twisted love.

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Three Colors: White
  • Three Colors: White

    Directed by Krzysztof Kieślowski • 1994 • France
    Starring Julie Delpy, Zbigniew Zamachowski

    The most playful and also the grittiest of Kieślowski's Three Colors films follows the adventures of Karol Karol (Zbigniew Zamachowski), a Polish immigrant living in France. The hapless hairdresser opt...

Extras

  • Kieślowski’s Cinema Lesson: WHITE

    In this piece from 1994, director Krzysztof Kieślowski reviews the opening scene from WHITE and reveals how it was shaped in the editing room.

  • On WHITE

    The following 2011 video essay about Krzysztof Kieślowski’s WHITE was written and narrated by film critic and festival curator Tony Rayns.

  • Krzysztof Piesiewicz on Krzysztof Kieślowski

    In this interview, recorded in 2011, Krzysztof Piesiewicz, cowriter of the THREE COLORS trilogy as well as a defense attorney and politician, discusses his long friendship and collaboration with director Krzysztof Kieślowski.

  • Zbigniew Zamachowski and Julie Delpy on WHITE

    In this program, produced in 2011, Polish actor Zbigniew Zamachowski and French actor Julie Delpy share their memories about the making of WHITE and discuss their admiration for director Krzysztof Kieślowski.

  • The Making of WHITE

    In the following behind-the-scenes program, director Krzysztof Kieślowski discusses some of the key narrative details in WHITE and the challenges and pleasures of shooting in Poland.

  • Seven Women of Different Ages

    Directed by Krzysztof Kieślowski • 1978 • Poland

    Krzysztof Kieślowski made more than twenty documentaries, including the following short. SEVEN WOMEN OF DIFFERENT AGES (1978) subtly portrays a range of ballet dancers, one each day of the week.

  • Talking Heads

    Directed by Krzysztof Kieślowski • 1980 • Poland

    Krzysztof Kieślowski made more than twenty documentaries, including the following short. In TALKING HEADS, Kieślowski poses the questions “What year were you born?” “Who are you?” and “What do you most wish for?” to forty different people, rangi...