Kieślowski Re-read: On Reality, Realism and Cinema

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Francesca Parmeggiani


By referencing Italian auteurs Ermanno Olmi and Federico Fellini, this paper offers a re-reading of Krzysztof Kieślowski’s reflections on cinema that places the practice of describing reality and uttering “a statement of fact” about people’s lives and the world as a long-lasting, structuring foundation of his episteme and workshop.


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Parmeggiani, F. (2019). Kieślowski Re-read: On Reality, Realism and Cinema. Images. The International Journal of European Film, Performing Arts and Audiovisual Communication, 24(33), 61-71.
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Francesca Parmeggiani, Department of Modern Languages and Literatures Fordham University, New York

Professor of Italian and Comparative Literature at Fordham University in New York City. Her research focuses on modern Italian literature, women’s writing, and cinema. She is the author of Lo spessore della letteratura (2007), a study of fictional adaptations of Scripture by Italian writers in the 1960s and 1970s, and the co-editor of three volumes: Forme, volti e linguaggi della violenza nella cultura italiana (2012, with Federica Colleoni), on the representation of violence in Italian culture; Poesia e preghiera, a special issue of the journal Testo (2015, with Erminia Ardissino) on poetry and prayer in the Italian literary tradition from the Middle Ages to the present; and Of Elephants and Toothaches: Ethics, Politics, and Religion in Krzysztof Kieślowski’s Decalogue (2016, with Eva Badowska), on Krzysztof Kieślowski’s TV series, The Decalogue. Her articles have appeared in North American and European journals.


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