“Three Colors: Blue” in One Shot

“Three Colors: Blue” in One Shot
One Shot is a series that seeks to find an essence of cinema history in one single image of a movie. Your lungs contract and you realize that you’ve been holding your breath. This is what watching Krzysztof Kieślowski’s Blue (1993) feels like. You’re reminded that cinema is a bodily experience, not only that it engages the senses but that it is affective, drawing you to your limbs and organs, shaping how you exist in the world. There’s a shot of Julie (played by the luminous Juliette Binoche) making a fist and dragging her knuckles against a brick wall. The camera tracks a close-up of the fist, scraping stone and ivy, as Julie resolutely walks away from her past life, holding a box that contains only one memento, a blue-crystal hanging lamp. It’s a transition shot: Julie has just left everything and everyone she knows behind
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