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Strikingly modernist and compulsively watchable, European film master Krzysztof Kieslowski's 1981 Blind Chance has profoundly influenced cinematic storytelling for nearly two decades. Kieslowski (“Dekalog,” The Double Life of Veronique) blends his trademark passion for character and poetic imagery with a boldly novelistic narrative conceit. Blind Chance transcendently illuminates the intersection of fate, coincidence and choice. Facing an unclear future, Witek, an earnest young Polish medical student, chooses to put his education on hold. With his head full of the promising and ominous portents of his new adult life, Witek hurries to catch the last train to Warsaw. But as he races down the platform, Blind Chance blossoms into three successive scenarios in which Witek's catching or missing his train spawns three completely different futures. Whether as an idealistic Communist Party member, an ambivalent dissident or a devoted healer and husband, the young Pole’s destiny is shaped by the unhappy youth threatening to hobble him, the troubled present poised to engulf him and, in Kieslowski’s words, “the powers that meddle with our fate.” Through three complex lives, actor Boguslaw Linda portrays Witek with an effortless magnetism remarkable even for a Kieslowski film. Actor and director’s commitment and vision succeed in creating three entirely different portraits each as compellingly real as the next. Made on the eve of Communist crackdown in Poland, Blind Chance was suppressed for nearly seven years. Kino is proud to present this underseen masterpiece for the first time in the US on DVD and video.

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Special Features * Interview with Supervisor/Censor Irena Strzakowska * Interview with Filmmaker Agnieszka Holland * Interview with Kieslowski Scholar Annette Insdorf * “Workshop Exercises” (B&W, 1986, 12 min.) A short film by Marcel Lozinski In Polish with English subtitles * Kieslowski Filmography * Theatrical Trailer * A Kieslowski Trailer Gallery * Optional English subtitles * Enhanced for 16x9 TVs

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KI3562 Blind Chance DVD (1981/Krzysztof Kieslowski) $29.95 $26.99