Monday, March 3, 2014

Zbigniew Preisner: Blue and The Tree of Life

In revisiting Kieslowski's masterpiece, Blue, in class today, I was again deeply moved by the beautiful musical composition that actually tells the story itself. It is Julie's love, her loss, her grief, her ache. 
In the last scene of the film, we finally hear the dramatic ending to the "Song for the Unification of Europe." I am writing this short entry (and hope to write a longer one tomorrow about the film itself) just to call attention to the music of Zbigniew Preisner, a composer whose work is not merely beautiful, but almost frighteningly sublime--and to post links to his compositions from both Blue (posted above) and The Tree of Life.
In the creation scene from the Malick film, we hear the "Lacrimosa" portion of Preisner's "Requiem for a Friend," the deeply stirring piece of music that he wrote for his friend, Kryzysztof Kielowski's, funeral. When I discovered this connection, I was amazed. So I wanted to share this in case anyone else is a fan of both films and did not know this, or just wanted to take a minute to watch/listen to both scenes again.

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