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This is a series of ten shorts created for Polish Television, with plots loosely based upon the Ten Commandments, directed by Krzysztof Kieslowski. Two of these, Dekalog 5 and 6, are shorter cuts from the feature-length films--Krotki film o zabijaniu (A Short Film About Killing) and Krotki film o milosci (A Short Film About Love), respectively. They deal with the emotional turmoil suffered by humanity, when instinctual acts and societal morality conflict. Written by
Tad Dibbern <DIBBERN_D@a1.mscf.upenn.edu>
The Sight & Sound poll held in 2002 to determine the top 10 films of the previous 25 years, Kieslowski was named #2 on the list of Top Directors, with votes for his films being split between Dekalog, Three Colors Red/Blue, and The Double Life of Veronique. See more »
The Decalogue is without doubt a monument of movie history. The ten
films are apparently based on the ten commandments, but this
relationship is tentative. Kieslowski himself commented that "the films
should be influenced by the individual Commandments to the same degree
that the Commandments influence our daily lives". The amazing thing
about them is that they are much more than a series of abstract
cinematic emblems. Assisted by superlative acting, they acquire each
their own depth, their own real personalities and complex dilemmas.
Kieslowski presents a cinematic view of morality that is about as
sophisticated as it gets. A grand achievement of one of the great
film-makers of the twentieth century.
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