Many trilogies, maybe even most of them, grow organically from the success of the first two films. Sequels are made because the first movie is popular enough to warrant it, and a third installment is made because the sequel was too. However, some trilogies are planned from the beginning, with all the films being shot almost simultaneously and being released sequentially.
This is also the case with the “Three Colors” trilogy by Polish filmmaker Krzysztof Kieślowski. He planned all three films from the start in what The Guardian calls an “art house event”, naming each after one of the colors of the French flag: “blue”, “white” and “red”. The unifying themes of the series are love and loss. The films explore various aspects of these themes and reference each episode’s title color through filters, lighting and physical objects within the scenes.
All three entries are celebrated, but the final installment, “Red,” earned a 100 percent Rotten Tomatoes score. It also received Academy Award nominations for Best Director, Best Screenplay and Best Cinematography at a time when it was rare for a film produced outside the US to receive Oscar nominations in categories not dedicated to foreign films (per hit fix).