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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 »
If ever there was a good reason to start learning Polish, the Dekalog series is the definitive reason. The extent to which Kieslowski goes to show us what it is to be human, cannot be compared to the work of any film-maker. Yes, Ken Loach is the master of the social drama, and Lars Von Trier is without a doubt the best experimental melodramatist, but Kieslowski just manages to outclass them both in 10 powerful, striking and breath-taking stories losely based on the 10 Commandments. It's a must-see, don't take my word for it...go watch it !
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