The Decalogue: Season 1, Episode 8

Decalogue Eight: Thou Shalt Not Bear False Witness (22 Jun. 1990)
"Dekalog, osiem" (original title)

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"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 »

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Episode complete credited cast:
Maria Koscialkowska ...
Zofia
Teresa Marczewska ...
Elzbieta
Artur Barcis ...
Young Man
Tadeusz Lomnicki ...
Tailor
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Wojciech Asinski
Marek Kepinski
Janusz Mond
Marian Opania
Bronislaw Pawlik
Krzysztof Rojek
Wojciech Sanejko
Jerzy Schejbal ...
Ksiadz
Ewa Skibinska
Wojciech Starostecki ...
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Hanna Szczerkowska
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"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 <michael@everyman.demon.co.uk>

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11 August 2006 | by (Virginia Beach) – See all my reviews

Everyone, and I mean everyone who is alive, should spend some time with Kieslowski. And to do it right, you need to spend time with these ten experiments.

Yes, they are experiments and they are important to the history of cinematic imagination.

They are all cowritten. The writing partner sets a knot, a dramatic tangle. Kieslowski then enters this scribble and adds cinematic reality in two ways. The first is simply the cinematic platform of storytelling. The second are a set of cinematic elaborations. Its this second bit that makes him so exciting.

They're what I call cinematic folds, but because this is the short form (the movie equivalent of short stories) they only have to be suggested. Taken together, the collection of ten short films is a few hundred loose fishooks, many of which catch you unawares.

In his "colors" work he folds these back in his long form experiments.

To make this a real experience for us and him, he does most of his work after the project begins filming. And to up the ante, for each of these ten he uses a different creative crew. So you would expect some of these ten to be more adventurous and successful than others.

This is the case. This is the least successful of them so far.

The value, at least to me, in these is how much Kieslowski there is compared to Piesiewicz. The more of Kieslowski's visual improvisation, the better. This has very little. Blunt viewers will still enjoy the story, which is interesting as such things go. But there's little of the master here. Must have been a time of rest.

Ted's Evaluation -- 2 of 3: Has some interesting elements.


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