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A Short Film About Killing (1988)

Krótki film o zabijaniu (original title)
Not Rated | | Crime, Drama | 11 August 1995 (USA)
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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Miroslaw Baka ... Jacek
Krzysztof Globisz ... Piotr
Jan Tesarz ... Taksówkarz
Zbigniew Zapasiewicz ... Przewodniczacy Komisji
Barbara Dziekan Barbara Dziekan ... Bileterka
Aleksander Bednarz ... Kat
Jerzy Zass Jerzy Zass ... Naczelnik
Zdzislaw Tobiasz Zdzislaw Tobiasz ... Sedzia
Artur Barcis ... Mlody medczyzna
Krystyna Janda ... Dorota
Olgierd Lukaszewicz ... Andrzej
Leonard Andrzejewski ... Kumpel pijanego na postoju taksówek (as L. Andrzejewski)
Wieslaw Bednarz Wieslaw Bednarz ... (as W. Bednarz)
Zbigniew Borek Zbigniew Borek ... (as Z. Borek)
Wladyslaw Byrdy Wladyslaw Byrdy ... (as W. Byrdy)
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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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Crime | Drama

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Country:

Poland

Language:

Polish

Release Date:

11 August 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Short Film About Killing See more »

Filming Locations:

Poland See more »

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Production Co:

Zespol Filmowy "Tor" See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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The quote mentioned by Piotr during his final examination, "...since Cain the world has neither been intimidated nor ameliorated by punishment ...", is from Karl Marx (explaining why the examiners know the source), published on January 28, 1853. See more »

Quotes

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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Referenced in Hotel Inferno (2013) See more »

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Opowiem ci o lwie (I will tell you about a lion)
Lyrics by Wanda Chotomska and music by Wlodzimierz Korcz
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only to be watched on sunny days...
26 January 1999 | by delion-2See all my reviews

The bleakest, most powerful of Kieslowski's Dekalog series opens with half the screen black, and the other half full of a cat hanged by the neck from a street railing. Children scamper off in the background, laughing. The words of the title appear over the black. Bam. We're in. And we're not allowed out of this bleak, miserable world until the end credits. We must crawl through a world where humour is exiled and bitterness and cynicism reign, with our eyes fitted with lenses hand-painted by the director, turning Warsaw into a jaded defeated landscape of dirty sepias and dishwater greys. The story is simple; a young man kills a taxi driver and is, in turn, killed by the state. Just as the title says. There is no humour, no light relief. It's awful, somehow beautiful, constantly disturbing. It's dirty and tawdry. While cinema barrages us daily with glib murders by the bucketful, Kieslowski gives us just two, and shows us killing for what it is: a bare foot emerging from a shoe & sock as a dying man writhes; blood and urine dribbling into a plastic tray under the gallows. A film which haunts.


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