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Underpass + Staff

Krzysztof Kieślowski: Underpass + Staff

Krzysztof Kieślowski’s TV film debut, Staff (1975), follows an idealistic 19-year old tailor who has to make a suit for an arrogant actor. This will be preceded by his short film Underpass (1974), in which a teacher tries to re-win his wife’s affections.

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Films in this programme:


  • still from Underpass (Pedestrian Subway) (Krzysztof Kieslowski, PL 1974)

    Underpass (Krzysztof Kieślowski, PL 1974, 29')

    A teacher in a small town in Poland has been alienated from his wife a window dresser in Warsaw. He looks her up in the hope she will return to him instead of requesting a divorce.

  • still from Staff (Personnel) (Krzysztof Kieslowski, PL 1975)

    Staff (Krzysztof Kieślowski, PL 1975, 67')

    Kieślowski’s TV film debut is the story of a young tailor who starts work at the theatre and comes into conflict with his personal opinions on art and reality. Romek, an idealistic 19-year-old, is pressured into making a suit for an arrogant actor by his new colleague. Staff was largely based on Kieślowski’s own experiences. He graduated from the National Theatre Technique School in Warsaw and later worked for the Warsaw Contemporary Theatre as a dresser for famous actors.



Krzysztof Kieślowski

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De films van Kieślowski

Polish director Krzysztof Kieślowski broke through internationally with his ten-part series Dekalog, which examined the meaning of the Ten Commandments for modern humans.

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still from Underpass (Pedestrian Subway) (Krzysztof Kieslowski, PL 1974)
still from Staff (Personnel) (Krzysztof Kieslowski, PL 1975)
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