In truth, Kieslowski hadn’t really stopped working. He and Piesiewicz had a new trilogy in mind, about Hell, Purgatory and Heaven. The audacity! Again, the tantalizing promise! Were they serious? Kieslowski suggested that he was, reportedly telling Miramax head Harvey Weinstein that Hell clearly had to be set in Los Angeles.
Excellent article at Salon about Kieslowski’s “Three Colours” series. At the turn of the last century (what a near-vampiric thing to say), critics who attempted to assemble best-of-90s lists couldn’t see past the late-90s vogue for anything shot in Iran, and so they frequently left these masterpieces out of the running. Sadly, the freaks at Miramax have yet to release them on DVD.