Double Lives, Second Chances

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ISBN 978-0-8101-2948-1
Publication Date
October 2013
Page Count
256 pages
Trim Size
5.25 x 8

Double Lives, Second Chances

The Cinema of Krzysztof Kieslowski
About the Author

Krzysztof Kieslowski (1941–1996) began as a documentarian who took on controversial subjects in Communist Poland in the 1960s and 70s. He gained international renown with his award-winning narrative films The Double Life of Veronique and the Three Colors trilogy (Blue, White, and Red). He also made The Decalogue, a celebrated series for Polish television. Double Lives, Second Chances remains the best introduction to a uniquely gifted artist.

Annette Insdorf is a professor in the Graduate Film Division of Columbia University’s School of the Arts and director of Undergraduate Film Studies. She is the author of Philip Kaufman (2012), François Truffaut (1994), and Indelible Shadows: Film and the Holocaust (1983).


“An invaluable introduction to one of the greatest of all filmmakers.”

—Roger Ebert

“Perceptive, empathetic, enigmatic, Krzysztof Kieslowski was perhaps the great filmmaker of our time, and in Annette Insdorf—who knew him, translated for him, and thoroughly understands his work—he has been rewarded with a writer who couldn’t be better suited . . .”

—Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times