Dekalog (1989–1990)
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Dekalog, osiem 

"Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour". A Polish-American researcher visits Warsaw and attends a lecture about ethics. Afterwards, she approaches Zofia, the lecturer, and... See full summary »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Maria Koscialkowska Maria Koscialkowska ... Zofia
Teresa Marczewska ... Elzbieta
Artur Barcis ... Young Man
Tadeusz Lomnicki ... Tailor
Marian Opania ... Dean
Bronislaw Pawlik ... Philatelist
Wojciech Asinski Wojciech Asinski ... Student
Marek Kepinski Marek Kepinski ... Tenement Resident
Janusz Mond Janusz Mond
Krzysztof Rojek ... Rubber Man
Wojciech Sanejko Wojciech Sanejko
Ewa Skibinska ... Student
Wojciech Starostecki ... Student
Jerzy Schejbal ... Ksiadz (credit only)
Jacek Strzemzalski Jacek Strzemzalski ... Tenement House Caretaker


"Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour". A Polish-American researcher visits Warsaw and attends a lecture about ethics. Afterwards, she approaches Zofia, the lecturer, and says that she is the little Jewish girl whom Zofia refused to shelter during World War II. But Zofia has a very good reason for her apparent cowardice... Written by Michael Brooke <>

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Poland | West Germany



Release Date:

22 June 1990 (Poland) See more »

Filming Locations:

Warsaw, Mazowieckie, Poland


Box Office


$100,000 (estimated)
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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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The ethical dilemma narrated by the student in Zofia's class is actually the plot of Decalogue II. See more »

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What a shame ! ! ! Mysterious are the vagaries of human mind.
18 August 2008 | by FilmCriticLalitRaoSee all my reviews

Dekalog 8: "Thou Shalt Not Bear False Witness" is a short film which will surely move any human being with heart to tears.By making this film,one of the greatest masters of Polish cinema Kieslowski has given birth to a highly mature work of art which needs to be seen at regular intervals to fathom the true meaning of human existence found in human heart.One can learn that there is no yardstick by which greatness or wickedness of an individual,a society,a nation or a religion can be measured.Everybody has reasons to accept or decline a good action."Dekalog,Osiem" suggests that individual sense prevails sometimes over a good act.Rules have to be broken on some occasions to save precious,human lives.It is a human instinct that old memories cannot be separated from human soul.This is the reason why old memories induce people to visit places where they could have died,see a house where they were hidden,meet a person who saved a life.This short film is remarkable for its depiction of young Polish university students.It is a good sign that young generation have been shown as interested in tackling ethical and moral questions.It is hard to say whether Kieslowski had ideas about the liberation of communist Poland in his mind when he was making this film.

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