Krzysztof Kieslowski and the Effectiveness of Blending Realism With Surrealism

Paper by Phill Hunziker.

Krzysztof Kieslowski’s filmmaking style is so uniquely multi-faceted that it’s nearly impossible to label it as one thing or another. It’s a compelling combination of realism presented through subtle surrealism; done so slyly that the audience can read into symbolism, juxtapositions and other techniques that create multiple meanings and messages without being taken out of the trance of watching a film. His style is unique in that his “world” that he creates is actually one so similar to the ‘real world’. Stanley Kubrick’s films, for example, are multi-layered while keeping you entranced in the story so that you don’t necessarily become aware that you’re watching a film as you analyze everything on-screen (colors, juxtapositions, etc.) The difference is that Kubrick’s world is recognized as his world. Even though you’re fully attached to that world, you still understand it is it’s own reality. You aren’t a part of the world, rather an enlightened guest. In Kieslowski’s films, the same cannot be said. Everything, from the cinematography and ‘normal’ acting to the realistic plot points and dialogue; this all represents more of an every-day feel than the

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Inequality For All (Jacob Kornbluth, 2013): USA

Reviewed by Richard Caine. Viewed on DVD.


Directed by Jacob Kornbluth, Inequality for All (2013) focuses on the views from Robert Reich, a former US Labor Secretary, about the increasing widening of income and wealth gap in regards to class and social status. The short documentary focuses on how the US has changed over the past 30-40 years with regards to growing wealth and incoming equality. Reich explains in his speech at UC Berkeley how the US governmental system doesn’t encourage a closing of the gap regarding income and wealth inequality.

    The film raises questions about stagnating wages in the middle class, and also the issue of taxation between different brackets of income. One of the main questions that is asked is how much should we tax the wealth. The majority of the United States didn’t realize how society was being reshaped to fix the upper class after the Great Recession. This lead to many American’s working more hours than normal, with no increase in wage. From the 1970’s, the synchronization between wages and hours increased to a point where it was beneficial to work

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