The Double Life Of Veronique [Criterion] (BLU)

Krzysztof Kieslowski

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Synopsis

In French and Polish, with English subtitles. 

 

Krzysztof Kieslowski's international breakthrough remains one of his most beloved films, a ravishing, mysterious rumination on identity, love, and human intuition. Irene Jacob is incandescent as both Weronika, a Polish choir soprano, and her double, Veronique, a French music teacher. Though unknown to each other, the two women share an enigmatic, purely emotional bond, which Kieslowski details in gorgeous reflections, colors, and movements. Aided by Slawomir Idziak's shimmering cinematography and Zbigniew Preisner's haunting, operatic score, Kieslowski creates one of cinema's most purely metaphysical works. The Double Life of Veronique is an unforgettable symphony of feeling.

Product Details

  • Starring: Irene Jacob, Aleksander Bardini, Kalina Jedrusik, Philippe Volter, Halina Gryglaszewska
  • Format: Color, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Rating: R
  • Label: The Criterion Collection
  • Run Time: 97 minutes
  • Catalogue #: 359

Special Features

  • Audio commentary featuring Annette Insdorf, author of Double Lives, Second Chances: The Cinema Of Krzysztof Kieslowski
  • Three short documentaries by Kieslowski: Factory (1970), Hospital (1976) and Railway Station (1980)
  • The Musicians, a short film by Kieslowski's teacher Kazimierz Karabasz
  • The U.S. ending
  • Kieslowski - Dialogue, a documentary featuring a candid interview with Kieslowski and rare behind-the-scenes footage from the set of The Double Life Of Veronique
  • 1966-1988: Kieslowski, Polish Filmmaker, a 2005 documentary tracing the director’s work in Poland, from his days as a student through The Double Life Of Veronique
  • Video interviews with actress Irene Jacob, cinematographer Slawomir Idziak, and composer Zbigniew Preisner
  • A booklet featuring an essay by critic Jonathan Romney and selections from Kieslowski On Kieslowski
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