Three Colors: Blue, White, Red (Trois Couleurs: Bleu, Blanc, Rouge)(Criterion Collection)

Three Colors: Blue, White, Red (Trois Couleurs: Bleu, Blanc, Rouge)(Criterion Collection)

Criterion Collection (1993)
Drama, Foreign, Mystery
France | English | Color | 4h 38min
Blu-Ray Special Edition
| 3 discs
Region 1, Region A
Custom Case
R (Restricted)

Three Colors: Blue is the first part of Kieslowski's trilogy on France's national motto: Liberty, Equality, and Fraternity. Blue is the story of Julie who loses her husband, an acclaimed European composer and her young daughter in a car accident. The film's theme of liberty is manifested in Julie's attempt to start life anew free of personal commitments, belongings grief and love. She intends to spiritually commit suicide by withdrawing from the world and live completely independently, anonymously and in solitude in the Parisian metropolis. Despite her intentions, people from her former and present life intrude with their own needs. However, the reality created by the people who need and care about her, a surprising discovery and the music around which the film revolves heals Julie and irresistably draws her back to the land of the living.

Cast View all

Florence Pernel Sandrine
Charlotte Véry Lucille
Hélène Vincent La journaliste
Philippe Volter L'agent immobilier
Claude Duneton Le médecin
Hugues Quester Patrice
Emmanuelle Riva La mère
Florence Vignon La copiste
Daniel Martín Le voisin du dessous
Jacek Ostaszewski Le flutiste
Catherine Therouenne La voisine
Yann Trégouët Antoine
Alain Ollivier L'avocat
Isabelle Sadoyan La servante
Pierre Forget Le Jardinier

Crew View all

Director Krzysztof Kieslowski
Krzysztof Kieslowski
Writer Krzysztof Kieslowski, Agnieszka Holland, Krzysztof Piesiewicz, Edward Zebrowski, Slawomir Idziak, Edward Klosinski, Marcin Latallo
Producer Marin Karmitz
Photography Slawomir Idziak, Edward Klosinski, Piotr Sobocinski
Musician Zbigniew Preisner


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Modified Mar 21, 2019


Bought with Nick at July 2017 B&N sale

Disc Features
New high-definition digital restorations, with 2.0 DTS-HD Master Audio soundtracks on the Blu-ray editions
Three cinema lessons with director Krzysztof Kieślowski
New interviews with writer Krzysztof Piesiewicz, composer Zbigniew Preisner, and actors Julie Delpy, Irène Jacob, and Zbigniew Zamachowski
Selected-scene commentary featuring actor Juliette Binoche
New video essays on Blue, White, and Red by film writers Annette Insdorf, Tony Rayns, and Dennis Lim
Full-length 1995 documentary featuring Kieślowski
Three Kieślowski’s short films-The Tram (1966), Seven Women of Different Ages (1978), and Talking Heads (1980)-plus the short film The Face, starring Kieślowski
Interview programs on Kieślowski’s life and work, featuring film critic Geoff Andrew, Binoche, filmmaker Agnieszka Holland, cinematographer Sławomir Idziak, Insdorf, Jacob, producer Marin Karmitz and editor Jacques Witta
Behind-the-scenes programs for White and Red, and a 1994 short documentary on Red’s world premiere
Original theatrical trailers
New and improved English subtitle translations
PLUS: A booklet featuring new essays by film critics Colin MacCabe, Nick James, Stuart Klawans, and Georgina Evans; an excerpt from Kieślowski on Kieślowski; and reprinted interviews with cinematographers Idziak, Edward Klosinski, and Piotr Sobocinski

New covers by Sarah Habibi


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