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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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Series cast summary:
Artur Barcis ...  Young Man / ... 9 episodes, 1989
Olgierd Lukaszewicz ...  Andrzej / ... 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 Stanislaw Gawlik ...  Postman 2 episodes, 1989
Krzysztof Kumor ...  Gynecologist 2 episodes, 1989
Katarzyna Piwowarczyk Katarzyna Piwowarczyk ...  Ania 2 episodes, 1989
Maciej Szary Maciej Szary 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, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$99,360, 2 October 2016
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Runtime:

| (10 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Kieslowski originally intended to produce the series and hire ten different directors, but decided to direct all of the films himself. See more »

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Referenced in Pirated Copy (2004) See more »

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Made for TV, it's a masterpiece in any forum.
17 January 2005 | by warisillSee all my reviews

It's worth noting that about the same time this was airing on censored, Communist Poland TV, America was airing the "Heart to Heart reunion" and "V". Obviously, the Ten Commandments themes that it reportedly addressed in order are not actually in order, some of the shorts address two and even three commandments. No worries, though.

This collection is a masterpiece. It's a major accomplishment with every film short being watchable, and some being unquestionable masterpieces. Kieszlowski is a master of presenting both sides of the argument; the pregnant, cheating wife and the cuckolded husband's doctor; the peeping Tom and the lonely woman; the atheist father and the religious sister.

The final film centers on two brothers who inherit the stamp collection of their recently deceased father. They come to find that the collection is priceless and they scheme to sell it, mistrusting their father's former colleagues and ultimately one another. But despite their eventual downfall, the brothers find something of value from their folly. It's wonderfully affirming without being sentimental. That sentence probably describes most of these shorts.


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