Dekalog (1989–1990)
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Dekalog, dziesiec 

"Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's goods" - especially not when it leads to the conclusion of this black comedy about two brothers who inherit their father's valuable stamp collection ... See full summary »
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Jerzy
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Artur
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Shopkeeper
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Piotrek
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Daniel Kozakiewicz
Henryk Majcherek
Elzbieta Panas
Grzegorz Warchol
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"Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's goods" - especially not when it leads to the conclusion of this black comedy about two brothers who inherit their father's valuable stamp collection and end up paying rather more than they bargained for... Written by Michael Brooke <michael@everyman.demon.co.uk>

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24 June 1989 (Poland)  »

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$100,000 (estimated)
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Polish sense of humor consists of a rock singer, a kidney transplant and some valuable stamps.
18 August 2008 | by (Paris,France) – See all my reviews

Watching this short film, I am sure that many would remark that Polish director Kieslowski has chosen a facetious manner of ending "Dekalog" series. Those who feel that Polish films are a serious affair will be happy to learn that in this film there are no signs of usual Polish /East European gloominess which is very much prevalent in other films by Krzysztof Kieslowski. It is one of the most humorous of all his 10 short films as viewers get to see a simple story of how two brothers learn through a series of bittersweet experiences that there is no point in coveting other people's goods."Dekalog 10:Thou Shalt Not Covet Thy Neighbour's Goods" is a perfect example of a comedy film which is different from other comedy films à la Hollywood. It is a comedy film made in Poland and bears no resemblance with other slapstick comedies made by masters like Buster Keaton and Charles Chaplin. Dekalog 10 is unique in many ways as we see things from a new perspective. One of the characters is a lead singer for a Polish Rock band called "City Death". Watching him perform a spirited song with sprightly moves, it can be surmised that it is not an individual musician who is crazy about personal liberty but an entire nation is displaying restless energy for freedom. It is not so often that we come across a film in which villains do not look like villains. Dekalog 10 features a minor plot involving villains and shady deals but all credit goes to remarkable Kieslowski who has scripted his film in such a manner that it is difficult to ascertain who is cheating whom ? Two great actors of Polish cinema Jerzy Stuhr and Zbigniew Zamachowski teach us the greatest lesson of humanity :It is wise not to deal in a thing about which one is not sure.


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