Transcendence and history in Krzysztof Kieslowski's Blind Chance

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Abstract

The article examines Krzysztof Kieslowski's Blind Chance (Przypadek, 1981) as a film with a distinct philosophical significance. According to the interpretation proposed, in Blind Chance Kieslowski touches on both universal philosophical topics (death, meaninglessness, quest for certainty and truth, deciphering silence) and "local" themes (East-European historical pessimism, geography as destiny, "terror of history"). In spite of Kieslowski's self-declared religious agnosticism, Blind Chance could be-thanks even to the aesthetics of the film - read as a paradoxical theological statement, not so much about God per se, as about the necessity of his existence. In the same vein, the film occasions a series of meditations on historical fate and the role of geography in history, about hope and hopelessness, existential exhaustion, and legacies of silence.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)425-446
Number of pages22
JournalEast European Politics and Societies
Volume22
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - May 2008

Keywords

  • Deciphering silence
  • God as a narrator
  • God's existence
  • Meaninglessness
  • Philosophical films
  • Polish cinema
  • Terror of history

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