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Decalogue: The Ten Commandments [Paperback]

Krzystof Kieslowski
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22 April 1991
Ten short films, each based on a broken commandment, set in and around an apartment block in Warsaw. The stories are simple, describing experiences and emotions common to us all - the fractured quality of modern family life, its sadnesses and hopes. These brilliant films explore the significance of the choices we all make, every day of our lives. This edition includes an introduction by Kieslowski about his work, together with the feature-length scripts for A Short Film about Killing and A Short Film about Love.

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  • Paperback: 318 pages
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber; 1st Edition(PB) edition (22 April 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0571144985
  • ISBN-13: 978-0571144983
  • Product Dimensions: 21.2 x 13.4 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 423,053 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By Jason Parkes #1 HALL OF FAME
The Decalogue (aka Dekalog/The Ten Commandments) remains one of the greatest things I've seen on TV- up there with The Singing Detective, Twin Peaks, My So-Called Life & Nuts in May- & evidence that great TV is possible & relatively low-budget filming (the scripts & films are all located on the same Warsaw housing block)can be mindblowing...
This book, with a nice brief foreword by the late Stanley Kubrick and a more detailed intro from Kieslowski, reads like a novel- Kieslowski and co-writer Krzysztof Piesiewicz write in wonderful descrpitive/novelistic detail and in small sections- great examples of effective screenwriting that any aspirational writer should read. Of course, the complete series and the extended features that came out of them (The Short Films about Killing & Love)should all be seen- but these scripts work as brilliant drama and a sign of what Kieslowski intended- it's interesting to compare the script to the final versions. My only quibble is that the Ten Commadments given at the start don't match up with the order of the films, e.g. Six: Thou Shalt Not Kill matches what would become A Short Film About Love.
A brilliant screenplay collection, regardless...
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must read for anyone with the Artificial Eye DVDs 10 April 2013
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I bought this book on the basis that my Artificial Eye DVD of the Dekalog (aka the only Region 2 version in existence) was not quite up to standard with the subtitles; you could tell the dialogue was truncated, and short verbal exchanges (most noticeable in Dekalog 9) were not subtitled at all. This book is a perfect redress to that. I've just started reading Dekalog 4, and already elements of 2 and 3 have been made much clearer to me.

Even for someone with a good subtitled version, this book is pretty essential because it allows for a real insight into what Kieslowski was trying to achieve with his mighty work, his writing style (excellently translated) giving away tiny little details that might have been impossible to get just through simply watching the films.

All in all, a must-buy for anyone interested in the works of Kieslowski, saddled with the AI DVDs, or just willing to give the works a look without actually watching them.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Decalogue 17 July 2000
By Ron Perla - Published on Amazon.com
This 10 episode masterpiece is now available on DVD, at a reasonable price. Many of us would like to study this work. The publisher should be encouraged to reprint the Kieslowski/Piesiewicz book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing, Chilling, Odd 30 Mar 2000
By b. - Published on Amazon.com
Krysztof Kieslowski interprets the Ten Commandments through ten short sketches of modern day lives. Each sketch corresponds to how an individual grapples with one of the biblical commandments. Riveting in writing as well as on-screen.
1.0 out of 5 stars The Commandments are WRONGLY ATTRIBUTED to the episodes!!! 23 Nov 2013
By Rodrigo Rodrigues Pereira - Published on Amazon.com
This book has wrongly attributed the commandments to the episodes.
It uses the protestant order of the 10 commandments when the dekalog series uses the Catholic order.
This huge mistake starts with the second commandment and goes wrong all the way down.
People will be utterly confused when reading this book, simply because the commandments with the exception of the first are all wrongly attributed to the episodes.
Kieslowski must be rolling in his grave!
2 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars an interesting book about an interesting ideal 11 April 2000
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this was a very intriguing book based on, what i have been told, a series of short films directed by the author. i have not watched the films, but if they are as good as this book makes them out to be, i really would like to watch them. i would recommend this book to anyone interested in an interesting concept, such as basing films on the ten commandments, and probably anyone who enjoyed the films would enjoy this book as well.
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