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A Short Film About Killing (1988)
"Krótki film o zabijaniu" (original title)

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The plot couldn't be simpler or its attack on capital punishment (and the act of killing in general) more direct - a senseless, violent, almost botched murder is followed by a cold, ... See full summary »

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Credited cast:
Miroslaw Baka ...
Krzysztof Globisz ...
Piotr Balicki (Advocate)
Jan Tesarz ...
Waldemar Rekowski (Taxi driver)
Zbigniew Zapasiewicz ...
Przewodniczacy Komisji
Barbara Dziekan ...
Bileterka
Aleksander Bednarz ...
Kat
Jerzy Zass ...
Naczelnik
Zdzislaw Tobiasz ...
Judge
Artur Barcis ...
Young Man
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Dorota
Olgierd Lukaszewicz ...
Andrzej
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Leonard Andrzejewski
Wieslaw Bednarz
Zbigniew Borek
Ryszard W. Borsucki
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The plot couldn't be simpler or its attack on capital punishment (and the act of killing in general) more direct - a senseless, violent, almost botched murder is followed by a cold, calculated, flawlessly performed execution (both killings shown in the most graphic detail imaginable), while the murderer's idealistic young defence lawyer ends up as an unwilling accessory to the judicial murder of his client. Written by Michael Brooke <michael@everyman.demon.co.uk>

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Kieslowski's graphic depiction of the effects of violence so shook up the Polish authorities that they declared a five year moratorium on capital punishment. See more »

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Jacek Lazar: I didn't listen in court, not until you called to me. They were all... all against me.
Piotr Balicki: Against what you did.
Jacek Lazar: Same thing...
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Kieslowski's Scales of Justice
25 June 2013 | by (Türkiye) – See all my reviews

A Short Film About Killing is a movie criticized for some really weird things which I can't see as a flaw even if I really try! For example, according to some, it isn't a masterpiece, because it is too dark and too depressed! According to some, it is not even a successful or good film because of the crime scene. I see this film as one of the greatest films of all time because of several reasons. The film itself is sociologically very important. It is a fact that Kieslowski is a great observer, thus the film is also a great character study. Simply it is a very deep film. In my opinion, the film is about idleness and loneliness first. The main character of the movie has not any ideal or a goal or a dream or hope or even a future. Kieslowski's distant approach to the characters makes this almost an objective film. There is criminal, he did some evil things, he is evil may be, but the judgment and punishment for him should be the same or not? Yes, the movie is visually extremely pessimistic, depressing, the movie itself, the content is dark, some scenes are shockingly and literally terrible, but in the end it is a perfect crime film, rather it is a film about crime itself and a quintessential masterpiece (another masterpiece) from the director. What I appreciated about the crime scene was the scene was not emotionally and visually exploitative in contrast with the negative hype. I couldn't see any art, entertainment, "side", sadism, exploitative material or anything which is to disturb the audiences. Yes, that scene was extremely, extremely disturbing, but also just a work of observation, nothing less nothing more, I mean the naked reality, the reality itself without any intervention or cinematic embellishment. In the second half, we face with another moral question, another story, another disturbance, another horror. In terms of story editing, the movie is very useful by the way. As expected from Kieslowski, About Killing is a real humanist film like Lars Von Trier's masterpiece Dancer in the Dark. The final climax of the film is an example of being effective and or impressive without being artistic, by an effective and real cinematic story telling. May be the only minor thing I didn't particularly like was the last seconds of the film, the short car scene, it feels like it is a little bit "unnecessary", but it doesn't mean anything, may be I am wrong, because that short scene also shows the humanism that the film carries throughout.


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