Krzysztof Kieslowski biography and filmography
Polish with English Subtitles
Original 4:3 aspect ratio
Dolby Digital 1.0
The full Dekalog consists of ten one-hour films: this pair of double discs contains the first five. The links to the specific commandments are often oblique and imprecise, and shouldn't be taken too literally. Kieœlowski is using this framework not as a direct exposition of Mosaic Law, nor even as a commentary on its relevance today, but rather as a series of meditations on the complexity of moral choices. All the films are set in the same drab high-rise Warsaw housing estate, and characters from one story will show up the background of others, passing across the frame as they go about their business. One young man who appears in nearly all the films never plays a leading role nor even speaks a line, but remains a watchful, melancholy presence, haunting and disquieting, gazing at the events unfolding around him like an uneasy conscience.
Grim though these stories are, there's often a note of ironic humour leavening the overall bleakness. But this set ends with one of the grimmest of all. In Dekalog 5 a young man murders a taxi driver for no apparent reason, then is executed himself. Both deaths are equally squalid and appalling. This episode was later expanded to feature-film length with the title A Short Film About Killing. The greater length enhanced its impact; it's a pity that room wasn't found for that longer version here.
On the DVDs: Dekalog, Parts 1-5 offers very little additional material. The second disc, which contains episodes 4 and 5, also includes a brief on-screen text biography and filmography for Kieœlowski. The films are shown in their original 4:3 ratio, in a crisp clean transfer. --Philip Kemp
Dekalog is one of those rare examples of television films that surpass most things made for the cinema in expressive terms and depth; it means, above all, that the length can be... Read morePublished 4 months ago by schumann_bg
Ultra fast shipment; excellent condition. All movies are great with English subtitles. No problem with understanding it; amazing Kieslowski's movies!Published 15 months ago by forgetmenot
They took away the original credits with Zbigniew Preisner's wonderful music and placed a ridiculous quality images with some other music.Published 15 months ago by jota
This 1988 ten-part, made for TV, set of dramatisations (loosely based on the 10 Commandments) co-written (with Krzysztof Piesiewicz) and directed by Polish film-maker Krzysztof... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Keith M
This and the companion DVD on parts 6-10 is an example of the wonderful direction from the Director better known for the Three Colours films and La Double Vie de Veronique. Read morePublished 22 months ago by PaleWriter
Kieslowski is, for me, probably the greatest film-maker of all time, and his films are absolute masterpieces. Read morePublished on 11 April 2013 by DeclanCochran
Just perfect films.
The underlying sounds of all of the 10 films make them even more moving and as it was shot on film, there is grain and movement is so many of the... Read more
Frankly, I have never ever thought that there could be anyone who was able to produce such extraordinary series. Krzysztof Kie'lowski was different though. Read morePublished on 10 Mar. 2012 by Ahmed A. Al Ajmi