Interviewer: The more concrete and tangible your films are, the more metaphysical they seem to become. You take more and more close-ups, you’re ever nearer to the characters and objects: you seem to be searching for something beyond the concrete or the physical. What is it you’re trying to capture?

Krzysztof Kieślowski: Perhaps the soul. In any case, a truth which I myself haven’t found. Maybe time that flees and can never be caught.


Whether a hint or a saturation, red may be the most cinematic of all colors. It can be visual shorthand for danger, passion, or violence; it can overtake the screen or draw the viewer’s attention to a key part of the frame. Throughout the decades of color cinema, filmmakers have employed red so memorably that we felt compelled to collect some of our favorite examples from the collection.

A Splash of Red


Three Colors: Blue | 1993 | dir. Krzysztof Kieślowski

It wasn’t until the final 20 minutes when I realized just how much I was affected by this film, the first of the Three Colors trilogy, because something about the gorgeous and booming music combined with the more quiet aspect to Juliette Binoche’s amazing performance really impacted me in way that I was not expecting.

Three Colors: White | 1994 | dir. Krzysztof Kieślowski

It may not be as bold or dramatic as Three Colors: Blue, but this middle entry in the Three Colors trilogy, focusing on a man (Zbigniew Zamachowski) and his ex-wife (Julie Delpy), whom he is both obsessed with and slightly despises, is still a very well shot and clever drama with quite a bit of ironic comedy about what exactly is means to be “equal” in a relationship.  

Three Colors: Red | 1994 | dir. Krzysztof Kieślowski

I think this is easily the best film of the Three Colors trilogy, since it finds the perfect balance between complex and exciting direction and cinematography with an excellent story, which in this film not only interconnects the characters of the Red film in a very naturalistic, but still interesting, way, but also the characters from the entire trilogy in a ultimately inspiring and certainly surprising ending.