From 1979 to 1982, Kieslowski taught in the film and television department at Silesian University in Katowice. He was also vice-president of the Association of Polish Filmmakers from 1978 to 1981. In the mid-1980s, Kieslowski and his author Krzysztof Piesiewicz came up with the idea of making an unusual version of the Ten Commandments: ten sixty-minute films for television, brought together under the name Dekalog, that told stories of daily life in Poland. Two feature-film versions of the ground-breaking work,Krotki Film O Zabijaniu (1987) and Krotki Film O Milosci (1988),finally brought Kieslowski international recognition.
Le Double Vie de Veronique (1990) was the first film Kieslowski made outside Poland: portions of the film, which featured Irène Jacob, were shot in France. Paris was also the birthplace of his much-admired trilogy Trois Couleurs–Bleu, Blanc, and Rouge. At the Berlin International Film Festival, Kieslowski declared that his career as a filmmaker would end when the trilogy was completed; he later changed his mind. However, he never again worked as a director. At the age of 54, Kieslowski died unexpectedly of a heart attack on March 13, 1996, in Warsaw.
Krzysztof Kieslowski Facts
|Birthday||June 27, 1941|
|Date of death||March 13, 1996 (age 54)|