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Concentrating on Kieslowski: The Double Life of Veronique`

Revisited this film last week for about the 6th. time since buying the DVD three years ago. Some films you can rewatch regularly, some only after a reasonable interval. For me, TDLOV comes into the former category. Also there is the thing about different styles of viewing. This time, I let the whole thing flow over me: quite a few of the little details registered in a way that a fully-alert viewing might have missed.

For criticism/analysis I’m relying on a compilation of what others think. These are not in any particular order of merit, though they might be annotated and re-jigged later.

Later, too, comments on some feature or other – more than likely cinematographic rather than in terms of plot or narrative – might venture forth from the little grey cells and be recorded. For now, stum.

What We Talk About When We Talk About Fate: A quick thought on a darker reading of The Double Life of Veronique
March 2007 post from blog “The Ongoing Cinematic Education of Steven Carlson”.

The Double Life of Veronique – #359
from Jamie S. Rich’s Criterion Confessions, which links to The Criterion Collection The Double Life of veronique page: handy because there is a short very clear video including part of veronik’s iconic “crystal ball” train shot. It turns out to be a clear plastic bouncy-ball, not glass. If you read meanings into everything in Kieslowski…..well read Comprehension of Film Narrative by Jacek Ostaszewki.

The Double Life of Veronique
Review by Independent Film Review critic Todd Conrad.

The Double Life Of Véronique
A short review by Scott Tobias in A.V. Club, succinctly pointing to the core.

The Double Life Of Véronique
Ion Matea. 2006.

Doubled Lives and Inversions: The two-way mirror that is Véronique

S.L. Deefholts

The Double Life of Veronique: Kieslowski and Pure Emotion
Kevin Pearson in Alternate Takes

The Double Life of Véronique
Jenny Dediny in Not Coming to Theater Near You

The Double Life of Veronique
Roger Ebert. 1991.

The Double Life of Veronique: Through the Looking Glass


Jonathan Romney

Essay  in  The Criterion Collection.

Soul Sisters

post by Glenn A. Buttkus in blog Tacoma Film Club Annexe

The Double Life of Veronique:

Buffalo Film Seminar Spring 2008

On the dialectics of filmic colors and red : Three Colors: Red, Red Desert, Cries and Whispers, and The Double Life of Veronique.

Film Criticism, Spring 2008, Paul Coates.

Almost all the reviews resort to some form of “….what Kieslowski believes…” in the face of not being able to articulate meanings for the film in its own right. Useful words of Ostazsewski, here referring to Three Colours: White, but more widely applicable:

According to Eco (i.e. Umberto), overinterpretation is seeking in a film the elements of minimal meaning and assigning them with maximal consequences so that they match a prior premise (or premises). ….Overinterpretation is, therefore, not the excess of interpretation, but actually, “underinterpretation”. …..viewer’s relatively poor interest in the actual contents……..On the other hand, their attention is focused on the figure of Krzysztof Kieslwski as the representative of a quality art cinema.

December 21, 2008 - Posted by | film analysis, film directors, film theory, film [its techniques], Kieslowski, Krzysztof Kieślowski | ,

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