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Dekalog 

TV-MA | | Drama | TV Mini-Series (1989–1990)
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Ten television drama films, each one based on one of the Ten Commandments.
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Cast

Series cast summary:
Artur Barcis ...  Young Man / ... 9 episodes, 1989
Olgierd Lukaszewicz ...  Andrzej Geller 3 episodes, 1989
Aleksander Bardini ...  Consultant 2 episodes, 1989
Olaf Lubaszenko ...  Tomek 2 episodes, 1989
Krystyna Janda ...  Dorota Geller 2 episodes, 1989
Piotr Machalica ...  Roman 2 episodes, 1989
Jan Tesarz ...  Taxi Driver 2 episodes, 1989
Stanislaw Gawlik ...  Postman 2 episodes, 1989
Krzysztof Kumor ...  Gynecologist 2 episodes, 1989
Katarzyna Piwowarczyk Katarzyna Piwowarczyk ...  Ania 2 episodes, 1989
Maciej Szary Maciej Szary ...  Apartment Caretaker 2 episodes, 1989
Henryk Baranowski Henryk Baranowski ...  Krzysztof 2 episodes, 1989
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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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Drama

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Country:

Poland | West Germany

Language:

Polish

Release Date:

10 December 1989 (Poland) See more »

Also Known As:

The Decalogue See more »

Filming Locations:

Poland See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$16,807, 23 June 2000

Gross USA:

$99,360
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Runtime:

| (10 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Referenced in Three Colors: Blue (1993) See more »

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A truly magnificent project; perfect example of an actor's director, a poet & a master
3 November 2007 | by Benedict_CumberbatchSee all my reviews

Krzysztof Kieslowski's "The Decalogue" is one of the most powerful cinematic experiences you'll ever have, and probably the best ensemble cast I've ever seen (if you consider them a single film, like I do). I used to think Mike Nichols, Ingmar Bergman and Robert Altman were the supreme actor's directors, but I might consider Kieslowski (1941-1996) my #1 for this project alone. It helps that all the actors are unknown to most of us and not famous Hollywood stars, and that makes the experience even more real, but that wouldn't be much if they couldn't act. I had seen Kieslowski's "Three Colors" (which happens to be my all-time favourite trilogy), but I didn't think of him as a particular actor's director because Juliette Binoche or Julie Delpy don't necessarily need a great director to deliver a great performance (I'm not sure about Irène Jacob, though; I haven't seen "The Double Life of Veronique", in which she's supposed to be brilliant, and I do like her in "Red", but she never impressed me in any movie not directed by Kieslowski). Adrianna Bierdzynska (who looks like a cross between Jennifer Jason Leigh and Hilary Swank) and Olaf Lubaszenko, from segments 4 and 6, respectively, stand out; they're more Oscar-worthy than 90% of the nominees of the past decade; but every member of the cast did a terrific job. Stanley Kubrick described "The Decalogue" as the only masterpiece he could name in his lifetime - if that doesn't make you curious to watch this poignant, unique experience, then you're not a film lover. 10 out of 10 in my books.


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