The Decalogue (1989)
"Dekalog" (original title)

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Ten television drama films, each one based on one of the Ten Commandments.

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Artur Barcis ...
 Young Man / ... (9 episodes, 1989-1990)
Olgierd Lukaszewicz ...
 Andrzej / ... (3 episodes, 1990)
Olaf Lubaszenko ...
 Tomek (2 episodes, 1989-1990)
Piotr Machalica ...
 Roman (2 episodes, 1990)
Jan Tesarz ...
 Taxi Driver (2 episodes, 1990)
Katarzyna Piwowarczyk ...
 Ania (2 episodes, 1990)
Henryk Baranowski ...
 Krzysztof (2 episodes, 1989-1990)
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 Dorota Geller (2 episodes, 1990)
Aleksander Bardini ...
 Consultant (2 episodes, 1990)
Stanislaw Gawlik ...
 Postman (2 episodes, 1990)
Krzysztof Kumor ...
 Gynecologist (2 episodes, 1990)
Maciej Szary
(2 episodes, 1990)
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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>

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$16,807 (USA) (23 June 2000)

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$447,093 (USA) (24 November 2000)
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Ten highly sophisticated moral plays
4 January 2006 | by (Netherlands) – See all my reviews

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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