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Krzysztof Kieślowski’s Three Colours: Blue, White, Red: symbols of Europe at the end of the 20th century

Krzysztof Kieślowski’s Three Colours film trilogy can be interpreted as stories about Europe changing at the end of the 20th century, transforming into a continent of new possibilities, returning to universal concepts that became important in a new way.

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A story of migration: Krzysztof Kieślowski’s Three Colours White

Each of the films of Krzysztof Kieślowski’s Three Colours trilogy explores a topic from the French Revolution motto Liberté, Égalité, Fraternité. Three Colours: White addresses equality through the fate of Karol Karol (Zbigniew Zamachowski), the movie’s main character, a Polish man living in France. The film plays with the notion of emigration and return, and […]

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Krzysztof Kieślowski: migratory filmmaker

‘It is the road that’s really interesting,’ said Krzysztof Kieślowski at his last public event before his death. ‘I think that’s just the way we are. We know where the goal is and reaching it is not really as interesting as the path. That’s very curious. I think it’s the same with films, just like […]

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The world was her stage: the extraordinary life and times of Unė Baye

From Hollywood glamour to the Siberian gulag, the life of Lithuanian actor Unė Baye was as dramatic in life as it was on the stage Uršulė Babickaitė-Graičiūnienė was born in the Lithuanian village of Laukminiškiai. She began acting and singing whilst in elementary school. In 1913, she moved to Russia, where she studied music, drama […]

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The Ice Follies: how a Swedish family changed American entertainment history

This photograph shows Frank Otto Skeppstedt, his wife and four children stoically posing for a studio photographer. The formal portrait gives away nothing of their extraordinary family history. At the time this picture was taken, the Skeppstedts (now Shipstads) had settled at St. Paul, Minnesota, after having emigrated from Sweden.

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Pola Negri: Woman of the World

In advance of the 15th annual Silent Movie Festival, Katarzyna Wajda from National Film Archive – Audiovisual Institute, introduces the cinematic life of Poland’s first film star: Pola Negri. Meet the extraordinary Pola Negri: Poland’s first film star and the only Pole to make her American dream come true in Hollywood, a true European equally at […]

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A Pioneer of Cinematic War Reporting: Dyordye Dyoka Bogdanović

When the Second Balkan War broke out 100 years ago in 1913, an ambitious entrepreneur from Serbia made a remarkable decision: Dyordye Dyoka Bogdanović sent two camera operators out to the theatres of war. Driven by strong patriotism, he first and foremost wanted to honour the Serbian armed forces by capturing their fighting using moving […]

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‘The Enemy is Listening’ screening at Italian film festival

The Deutsche Kinemathek (the German Cinematheque) in Berin, tells us how the film ‘The Enemy is Listening’ and others from the European Film Gateway’s First World War project, EFG1914, are being screened at the Il Cinema Ritrovato film festival in Bologna, Italy. A still from the film ‘Der Feind Hört Mit’ ‘Der Feind Hört Mit‘ (Germany, […]

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Where would the Oscars be without European literature?

Last night saw the ever glamorous Academy Awards, or Oscars, take place in Hollywood. This year – the awards’ 85th –  saw many nominations for two films derived from  great works of European literature: Les Misérables and Anna Karenina. Les Misérables, which was up for ‘Best Picture’, is based of course on French novelist Victor […]

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World Television Day

World Television Day

Today, 21 November, is United Nations World Television Day. It might seem odd to dedicate an entire day to television, but when you consider that the average European spends the equivalent of two working days a week watching it, maybe it’s not so surprising. Check out the news video above of Italian Francesc Arellano who […]

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Nostalgic Viewfinder: The Instant Camera

What is your earliest memory of photography? For most of us it is probably the instant camera. A symbol of the democratisation of photography which started in the mid 20th century and laid the foundations for digital photography today. The earliest instant camera, which consisted of a camera and portable darkroom in a single compartment, was invented in […]

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