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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>
There is a nameless character, played by Polish actor Artur Barcis and possibly meant to be a supernatural figure, who observes the main characters at key moments but never intervenes (this character appears in all episodes except episodes 7 and 10). Dekalog One - A homeless man sitting by a fire near the lake. Dekalog Two - An orderly in the hospital. Dekalog Three - A tram driver. Dekalog Four - A man rowing a boat and later seen carrying the boat. Dekalog Five - A construction worker holding a measuring pole and then as a different construction worker carrying a ladder. Dekalog Six - A man carrying bags of groceries. Dekalog Seven - Does not appear (Barcis was meant to be a man at the railway station, but Kieslowski experienced technical difficulties including him in this episode). Dekalog Eight - A student at the university. Dekalog Nine - A man riding a bicycle. Dekalog Ten - Does not appear. See more »
I would have hoped more people would have seen this superb collection of 10 short films, now that is available on video and DVD and has played on the Sundance channel. If you haven't, you are missing out on 10 superb masterpieces. Yes, they are slow-moving and some of them are very depressing, but what did you expect from this director, Adam Sandler? The acting, writing, direction, and music are all near perfection. 2 corrections to make from the earlier reviewer, these films are not in black and white, but in a very muted, monochromatic color. Also you should see them in sequence as 2 of the earlier episodes are referred to in the 8th and 10th episodes.
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