"Thou shalt not commit adultery" - a shorter, scaled-down version of 'A Short Film About Love', with a less complex plot and a different ending - though the basic narrative about the ...
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"Thou shalt not commit adultery" - a shorter, scaled-down version of 'A Short Film About Love', with a less complex plot and a different ending - though the basic narrative about the relationship between a lonely 19-year- old boy and the thirtysomething artist that he spies on every night is the same.Written by
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'Dekalog': Part 6- Love and passion and the sanctity of love
'Dekalog' is a towering achievement and a televisual masterpiece that puts many feature films to shame, also pulling off a concept of great ambition brilliantly. Although a big admirer of Krzysztof Kieślowski (a gifted director taken from us too early), and who has yet to be disappointed by him, to me 'Dekalog' and 'Three Colours: Red' sees him at his best.
All of 'Dekalog's' episodes have so many great things, and it is an example of none of the lesser episodes being bad. This is testament to the high quality of 'Dekalog' as an overall whole and how brilliant the best episodes are. Along with Episodes 1, 4 and 5, Episode 6 is one of my favourites and simply magnificent in every way.
Every single one of 'Dekalog's' episodes are exceptionally well made. The production values in Episode 6 are as ever atmosphere-enhancing, beautiful and haunting to look at and fascinating. Many of the images are impossible to forget and have the ability to shock and move. The direction is quietly unobtrusive, intelligently paced and never too heavy, and the music is suitably intricate.
The themes and ideals are used to full potential, and the characters and their relationships and conflicts feel so real and emotionally resonant without being heavy-handed. Despite being based around one of the ten commandments, don't let that put you off, resemblance to religion is relatively scant.
Story-wise, it is one of 'Dekalog's' richest, it's creepy, it's poignant and thoughtful, deliberate but never dull. The themes of obsession, stalking, lust, and heartache are expertly explored. The characterisations and interactions are among 'Dekalog's' richest and compellingly real. The acting is superb as to be expected from both the two leads, again the complexity and nuances of the performances is to be admired.
Overall, one of the best 'Dekalog' episodes and a masterpiece. 10/10 Bethany Cox
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