Krzysztof Kieślowski: a documentary biography

From a Night Porter’s Point of View

Year
1977
Country
Poland
Duration
16’
Director
Krzysztof Kieślowski
A portrait of a factory watchman, a fanatic for discipline and penalising transgressions, a man who enjoys harassing other people both at work and elsewhere. He appears as a symbol of the attitude of some of the die-hard devotees of the system at the time; he may not arouse loathing, but his totalitarian inclinations are disturbing. Critics discerned numerous political allusions and subtexts in the film.

In 2006, Austrian director Andreas von Horvath made a film showing the central figure’s subsequent lot in life. Now retired, his views remained unchanged and he recalled Communist Poland with fondness.
CREW
Director: Krzysztof Kieślowski
Producer: Wojciech Kapczyński
Cinematographer: Witold Stok
Editor: Lidia Zonn
Sound: Wiesława Dembińska, Michał Żarnecki
Production
Wytwórnia Filmów Dokumentalnych w Warszawie
Awards
The FIPRESCI award at the National Short Film Festival in Krakow (1979); the Silver Sesterce, award-ed at the Vision du Réel International Documentary Film Festival in Nyon (1979)
Director
Krzysztof Kieślowski
Krzysztof Kieślowski, born in 1941 in Warsaw, was a leading Polish director of feature films, documentaries and television films in the 1970s, ’80s, and ’90s that explore the social and moral themes of our times. Kieślowski studied theatre technology in Warsaw, and in 1968 he graduated from the State Theatrical and Film College in Łódź, Poland. Before his untimely death in 1996 at the age of fifty-four, the Polish master traveled an idiosyncratic path from the politically engaged documentaries and social realist dramas of his early career to the ambitious metaphysical explorations of Dekalog and the Three Colours trilogy, which made him one of the most internationally renowned European filmmakers of his generation.
Selected Filmography
The Photograph (1968); The Bricklayer (1973); Hospital (1976); From a Night Porter’s Point of View (1979); The Scar (1976); Camera Buff (1979); Blind Chance (1987); No End (1985); Decalogue (1988–89); A Short Film About Killing (1988); A Short Film About Love (1988); The Double Life of Veronique (1991);Blue (1993); White (1994); Red (1994)
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Bricklayer
Krzysztof Kieślowski: a documentary biography
Bricklayer
Year
1973
Country
Poland
Director
Krzysztof Kieślowski
Duration
16’
Krzysztof Kieślowski: a documentary biography
Curriculum Vitae
Krzysztof Kieślowski: a documentary biography
Curriculum Vitae
Year
1975
Country
Poland
Director
Krzysztof Kieślowski
Duration
41’
Krzysztof Kieślowski: a documentary biography
From the City of Łódź
Krzysztof Kieślowski: a documentary biography
From the City of Łódź
Year
1969
Country
Poland
Director
Krzysztof Kieślowski
Duration
19’
Krzysztof Kieślowski: a documentary biography
Hospital
Krzysztof Kieślowski: a documentary biography
Hospital
Year
1976
Country
Poland
Director
Krzysztof Kieślowski
Duration
21’
Krzysztof Kieślowski: a documentary biography
Refrain
Krzysztof Kieślowski: a documentary biography
Refrain
Year
1972
Country
Poland
Director
Krzysztof Kieślowski
Duration
10’
Krzysztof Kieślowski: a documentary biography
Seven Women of Different Ages
Krzysztof Kieślowski: a documentary biography
Seven Women of Different Ages
Year
1978
Country
Poland
Director
Krzysztof Kieślowski
Duration
16’
Krzysztof Kieślowski: a documentary biography
Talking Heads
Krzysztof Kieślowski: a documentary biography
Talking Heads
Year
1980
Country
Poland
Director
Krzysztof Kieślowski
Duration
14’
Krzysztof Kieślowski: a documentary biography
The Factory
Krzysztof Kieślowski: a documentary biography
The Factory
Year
1970
Country
Poland
Director
Krzysztof Kieślowski
Duration
17’
Krzysztof Kieślowski: a documentary biography
X-Ray
Krzysztof Kieślowski: a documentary biography
X-Ray
Year
1974
Country
Poland
Director
Krzysztof Kieślowski
Duration
12’
Krzysztof Kieślowski: a documentary biography