Kieslowski Quotes

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We all steal, but if we're smart we steal from great directors. Then, we can call it influence.
Krzysztof Kieślowski
I sensed a mutual indifference behind polite smiles and had the overwhelming impression that, more and more frequently, I was watching people who didn't really know why they were living.
Krzysztof Kieślowski (Kieslowski on Kieslowski)
You have to want to make a film for other reasons - to say something, to tell a story, to show somebody's fate - but you can't want to make a film simply for the sake of it.
Krzysztof Kieślowski (Kieslowski on Kieslowski)
Or take this girl, for example. At a meeting just outside Paris, a fifteen-year-old girl came up to me and said that she'd been to see [The Double Life of] Véronique. She'd gone once, twice, three times and only wanted to say one thing really - that she realized that there is such a thing as a soul. She hadn't known before, but now she knew that the soul does exist. There's something very beautiful in that. It was worth making Véronique for that girl. It was worth working for a year, sacrificing all that money, energy, time, patience, torturing yourself, killing yourself, taking thousands of decisions, so that one young girl in Paris should realize that there is such a thing as a soul. It's worth it.
Krzysztof Kieślowski (Kieslowski on Kieslowski)
That's the greatest sin a director can commit; to make a film simply because he wants to make a film.
Krzysztof Kieślowski (Kieslowski on Kieslowski)
I'm not really sure who I am but I love reading books.
Krzysztof Kieślowski
Of course, you could, no doubt, call my going to film school the biggest mistake I ever made.
Krzysztof Kieślowski (Kieslowski on Kieslowski)
I don’t like myself very much, so i try not to observe myself too often. I made a documentary once entitled Talking Heads. I asked people two questions: “Who are you” and “What do you want?” Afterwards, I asked myself those questions. I realized that I didn’t have any answers. I don’t know who I am, and I don’t know what I want. If anything, I’d like some peace and quiet, but I’ve never achieved it, and I probably never will. So I will never have what I really want.
Krzysztof Kieślowski
But I reckon that this realm of higher needs, of something more than just forgetting about everyday life, of mere recreation, this realm of needs has been clearly neglected by us.
Krzysztof Kieślowski (Kieslowski on Kieslowski)
I'm not someone who remembers dreams for long. I forget them as soon as I wake up- if I've had any, that is.
Krzysztof Kieślowski (Kieslowski on Kieslowski)
This, among other things, is where the magic of the screen lies: that suddenly, as an audience, you find yourself in a state of tension because you're in a world shown to you by the director. That world is so coherent, so comprehensive, so succinct that you're transported into it and experience tension because you sense the tension between the characters.
Krzysztof Kieślowski (Kieslowski on Kieslowski)
Do you think Western Civilization has come to an end? "We are clearly going through a cultural crisis at the moment. It's a phase where we are trying to distinguish values of life. People are looking for a solution and perhaps they will find it. But the radicality of the search will change their view of life." So there is a cultural crises? "There is a general crisis, but it's not the end of the world. But the crisis it total? "And so what? The crisis means that now the world is at the bottom of a sinus curve. In the nature of things, it will now rise and fall again later.
Krzysztof Kieślowski (Kieslowski on Kieslowski)
The children would beat me up, that's true. Or rather, they wanted to beat me up, but somehow or other I usually managed to escape.
Krzysztof Kieślowski (Kieslowski on Kieslowski)
For me, a certain sign of quality or class in art is that when I read, see or listen to something, I suddenly get an acute, clear feeling that somebody's formulated something which I've experienced or thought; exactly the same thing but with the help of a better sentence or better visual arrangement or better composition of sounds than I could ever have imagined. ... It's a description, an image which deeply concerns you, which deeply moves you and is your image.
Krzystof Kieslowski