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Decalogue Eight: Thou Shalt Not Bear False Witness 

Dekalog, osiem (original title)
"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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Maria Koscialkowska ...
Zofia
Teresa Marczewska ...
Elzbieta
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Young Man
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Tailor
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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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The ethical dilemma narrated by the student in Zofia's class is actually the plot of Decalogue II. See more »

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What a shame ! ! ! Mysterious are the vagaries of human mind.
18 August 2008 | by (Paris,France) – See all my reviews

Dekalog 8: "Thou Shalt Not Bear False Witness" is a short film which will surely move any human being with heart to tears.By making this film,one of the greatest masters of Polish cinema Kieslowski has given birth to a highly mature work of art which needs to be seen at regular intervals to fathom the true meaning of human existence found in human heart.One can learn that there is no yardstick by which greatness or wickedness of an individual,a society,a nation or a religion can be measured.Everybody has reasons to accept or decline a good action."Dekalog,Osiem" suggests that individual sense prevails sometimes over a good act.Rules have to be broken on some occasions to save precious,human lives.It is a human instinct that old memories cannot be separated from human soul.This is the reason why old memories induce people to visit places where they could have died,see a house where they were hidden,meet a person who saved a life.This short film is remarkable for its depiction of young Polish university students.It is a good sign that young generation have been shown as interested in tackling ethical and moral questions.It is hard to say whether Kieslowski had ideas about the liberation of communist Poland in his mind when he was making this film.


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