Season three of The Complete begins with the first full-length film made by Krzysztof Kieślowski, the made-for-TV 72-minute feature Personnel. We begin by discussing the director’s reputation and give a brief overview of his early life, time at the Łodz film school, and early documentary work. We also discuss the short narratives he made prior to Personnel, Pedestrian Subway and First Love, both under an hour.
Born in Warsaw, Poland, in 1941, Kieślowski died from failed open-heart surgery in 1996 in the same city. His birth and death virtually bookended the communist era in Poland, and his early documentary work presents this era’s tumultuous and dreary struggle. Personnel in many ways feels like the culmination of his early 70s work, and it kicked off his path toward one of the most heralded careers in cinema.
Note that Personnel is currently difficult to find – it appeared on Arrow’s Dekalog set, which is no longer available. For that reason, we’ve kept the first part of the discussion spoiler free.
Thanks to Julian Wass for the new (and old) opening music, Doug McCambridge for the awesome new logo, and Ericca Long for her soothing 25th Frame send off!