Criterion Trois Coleurs Trilogy
Criterion has also released Krzysztof Kieslowski's wonderful Trois Coleurs (Three Colors) trilogy, Blue, White, and Red.
The films' titles, and themes, are derived from the colors and symbolism of France's flag, the Tricolour – blue representing Liberty; white, Equality; and red, Fraternity.
The films all feature beautiful photography, gorgeous lead actresses (Juliet Binoche, Julie Delpy and Irène Jacob, respectively) and lush orchestral scores by longtime Kieslowski
collaborator Zbigniew Preisner. Criterion has, as usual, included numerous extras, including documentaries, interviews, and several additional short films by Kieslowski.
Watch the three films in order – Blue, White and Red. There are some subtle plot and musical connections, and the conclusion of Red is also the conclusion
of the trilogy, and so won't make as much sense if you've not seen the other two.
(And now for something completely different ...)
In 1977 director William Friedkin was white hot, coming off back-to-back megahits
The French Connection and The Exorcist.
His next project was a new version of The Wages of Fear,
a 1953 film by French director George Clouzot.
Sorcerer was, by Friedkin's own admission, a product of ambition, passion, and hubris. Shooting in the Dominican Republic was brutal and plagued with difficulties,
and the film was released to poor reviews and box office. It badly affected Friedkin's career, and his psyche.
History has been kinder to Sorcerer, with a new release on Blu-Ray, restoring Friedkin's original cut,
and critics now recognizing the film's excellence. The film also features a brilliant soundtrack by Tangerine Dream, of whom more on the Music page.
Friedkin looks back on his life and career, including fascinating stories about making French Connection, Exorcist, and Sorcerer,
in his new memoir, The Friedkin Connection.